Press Releases

03/13/17: CCSSO Issues Statement on Revised ESSA Template

CCSSO releases a statement about the U.S. Department of Education's revised template for state ESSA plans.

03/09/17: States Lead on Transition to the Every Student Succeeds Act

The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) today released the following statements after the U.S. Senate vote to overturn accountability regulations under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

03/02/17: CCSSO Releases Recommendations for Valuing College and Career Readiness in State Accountability Systems

The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and Education Strategy Group (ESG) released a series of recommendations to support states as they develop accountability systems that value college and career readiness and better support all students in achieving success after high school.

02/27/17: CCSSO Announces SXSWedu Sessions on Service Learning, Open Educational Resources and Assessment Redesign

How can educators engage students in service learning? What does an innovative assessment look like? And what is the potential power of open educational resources? Explore the answers to these questions and others, including whether teaching is an art, science -- or both, at the SXSWedu® Conference & Festival March 6-9 in Austin, TX.

02/07/17: CCSSO Issues Statement on U.S. Secretary of Education Confirmation

Today the U.S. Senate voted to confirm Betsy DeVos as the U.S. Secretary of Education. Chris Minnich, executive director of the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), issued the following statement.

02/02/17: CCSSO and the Aspen Institute Release Commitments for Advancing Educational Equity in States

The Aspen Institute Education & Society Program and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) released Leading for Equity: Opportunities for State Education Chiefs, a series of commitments to help state education chiefs take action to achieve educational equity in their states.

01/31/17: CCSSO Announces Innovating ESSA Educator Engagement Grants for States

The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) is pleased to announce that CCSSO is offering states an Innovating ESSA Educator Engagement Grant opportunity designed to increase the state’s capacity and efforts to meaningfully engage with educators around the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

01/25/17: CCSSO, CEEDAR Release Guidance for Principals to Improve Outcomes for Students with Disabilities

The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and the Collaboration for Effective Educator Development, Accountability, and Reform (CEEDAR) Center today released PSEL 2015 and Promoting Principal Leadership for the Success of Students with Disabilities, which outlines key steps every state can take to ensure all school principals are prepared to create and lead learning environments that meet the needs of struggling learners with a particular focus on students with disabilities.

01/12/17: Pennsylvania Chief Joins CCSSO Board of Directors

The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) today announced Pennsylvania Secretary of Education Pedro A. Rivera will join its 2016-2017 Board of Directors.

01/11/17: JPMorgan Chase and CCSSO Announce $20 Million to Improve Career Education for Young People in 10 U.S. States

The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and JPMorgan Chase & Co. announced $20 million in grants to 10 U.S. states to dramatically increase the number of students who graduate from high school prepared for careers.