Press Releases

 
05/13/11: CCSSO Issues Statement Supporting Chairman Kline’s Focus on Funding Flexibility

The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) released the following statement expressing a strong desire to work alongside House Education & the Workforce Committee Chairman John Kline (R-MN) to identify opportunities for increasing education funding flexibility for states and school districts.

 
05/02/11: Maryland High School Chemistry Teacher Named 2011 National Teacher of the Year

CCSSO announced today that Michelle Shearer, a high school chemistry teacher in Frederick, Maryland, is the 61st National Teacher of the Year. Shearer and all of the 2011 State Teachers of the Year will be recognized by President Barack Obama in a ceremony at the White House Tuesday, May 3.

 
04/28/11: CCSSO RELEASES MODEL CORE TEACHING STANDARDS

The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) releases today the InTASC Model Core Teaching Standards: A Resource for State Dialogue. The standards, a state-led effort, represent clear expectations about what all teachers should know and be able to do if they are to improve achievement of our next generation of students and are intended to set the foundation for educators, states, and policymakers to achieve their education reform goals.

 
03/10/11: CCSSO to Join Education Officials from Around the World at International Summit on the Teaching Profession March 16-17

CCSSO to Join Education Officials from Around the World at International Summit on the Teaching Profession March 16-17

 
03/01/11: CCSSO Executive Director Wilhoit Testifies before Congress on Unnecessary Federal Requirements and Regulations

CCSSO Executive Director Gene Wilhoit testified today before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Education and Workforce about federal reporting regulations and the significant state and local burdens that result. Wilhoit’s testimony focused on the importance of streamlining federal data collections; moving away from outdated models of measuring teacher quality; and improving federal program monitoring and funding audits.

 
01/25/11: CCSSO Hires Two Technical Experts to Direct the Council’s Strategic Work

CCSSO has hired new Strategic Initiative Directors to lead two of the Council’s four state-driven initiatives. Sylvia Gillpatrick has been named director of the Standards, Assessment, and Accountability strategic initiative; and Janice Poda has been named director of the of the Education Workforce strategic initiative.

 
01/12/11: CCSSO Announces 2011 National Teacher of the Year Finalists

The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) announced the four finalists for the 2011 National Teacher of the Year today. The National Teacher of the Year Program, sponsored by the ING Foundation and Target, is a project of CCSSO in partnership with University of Phoenix and People to People Ambassador Programs.

 
12/16/10: State K-12 Education Officials and Higher Ed Leaders Announce Partnership to Implement Common Core State Standards

The American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), and the State Higher Education Executive Officers (SHEEO) announced today that they have formed a partnership to promote broad implementation of Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in English language arts and mathematics. The groups recognize collaboration is essential to effective implementation of the CCSS.

 
12/07/10: National Groups Co-Host Briefing on 2009 PISA Results: World-Class Education for Global Competitiveness

The results of the 2009 Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) were released this morning by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), showing that 15-year-old students in the United States continue to rank at average or below average in international comparisons of reading, math, and science.

 
11/24/10: CCSSO Welcomes New President and Board of Directors

The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) announced today the 2010-2011 CCSSO Board of Directors and Deputies Leadership Commission members. All board members and officers are chief state school officers and continue their tenures in their respective states while serving on CCSSO’s board.