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Monday, October 26, 2015

CCSSO Executive Director's Statement on Student Assessment Report

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

Washington D.C. (October 26, 2015) -- The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) Executive Director Chris Minnich released the following statement about a new report from the Council of the Great City Schools, Student Testing in America's Great City Schools: An Inventory and Preliminary Analysis

"The analysis from the Council of the Great City Schools provides important information for education leaders at the local, state and national levels as we work to make sure every assessment a child takes while in school is meaningful and provides immediate feedback. We need to continue to work together to have a frank dialogue around which tests provide valuable information. Many states have already taken steps in recent years to increase the quality of assessments and reduce any unnecessary or redundant tests, and we will use this information and other studies to inform efforts in this area."

In June, CCSSO released a framework that states can use to ensure every student is taking assessments that are necessary, of high quality and provide meaningful information. Comprehensive Statewide Assessment Systems: A Framework for the Role of the State Education Agency in Improving Quality and Reducing Burden builds upon principles that CCSSO and the Council of the Great City Schools announced in October 2014 to guide state and district leaders in making sure every assessment administered is high quality, and to reduce unnecessary tests.

At least 39 states are addressing the need to reduce unnecessary tests, according to a CCSSO survey of state assessment officials. 

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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.