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Monday, April 04, 2016

CCSSO Board President Tony Evers Delivers State of the States Address

Contact:Olympia Meolaolympia.meola@ccsso.org202-336-7071

Washington, D.C. (April 4, 2016) -- The Council of Chief State School Officers' Board President and Wisconsin Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Evers on Monday delivered a State of the States address, highlighting state leadership and the new opportunities afforded under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

To pursue a high-quality education for all students, states are forging new partnerships around career readiness, finding new ground on innovation, and seeking ways to support teachers in the classroom and leaders in our schools, Evers told state education leaders assembled from 54 states and territories at CCSSO's 2016 Legislative Conference in Washington, DC. 

"As an organization, we put a stake in the ground two years ago when we committed to preparing all of our students - regardless of background - for success in college, careers, and life. And while we may use different means to achieve that goal, we all expect significant progress to continue," Evers said.  

He emphasized that states are headed in the right direction, yet all states recognize the work is not complete.

"There is good news on this front. Today, we have a more stable and supportive federal law that gives states the authority to close achievement gaps and better meet the needs of all kids.

The Every Student Succeeds Act provides states a clear direction forward and positions states to lead in this work. It is now is up to each of us to use this law - and the flexibility and authority it provides - to improve our public education system as a whole," he continued.

As states make these strides for students, Evers also stressed the importance of stakeholder input.

"Whether it is implementing a new support and evaluation system or creating a pilot for a new accountability system, teachers, parents, community members and others were integral in this work," he said in prepared remarks.

Read Evers' prepared remarks here.


The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) is a nonpartisan, nationwide, nonprofit organization of public officials who head departments of elementary and secondary education in the states, the District of Columbia, the Department of Defense Education Activity, and five U.S. extra-state jurisdictions. CCSSO provides leadership, advocacy, and technical assistance on major educational issues. The Council seeks member consensus on major educational issues and expresses their views to civic and professional organizations, federal agencies, Congress, and the public.