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Monday, August 08, 2011

CCSSO Issues Statement on Administration's Waiver Announcement

Contact:Melissa McGrathmelissa.mcgrath@ccsso.org202-336-7034

Washington, DC August 8, 2011- CCSSO Executive Director Gene Wilhoit issued the following statement today in response to Secretary Arne Duncan's announcement that the U.S. Department of Education will consider state waiver proposals under the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB).

 "Current law is outdated, has lost public creditability, and is impeding state efforts to transition to college and career ready standards and assessments. States favor a comprehensive reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) by Congress but will continue advancing education reform regardless of federal action.

 "In the absence of immediate ESEA reauthorization states are prepared to propose waivers of current law to Secretary Duncan. These proposals will be based on state-developed Next-Generation Accountability Principles. Further, states call on the Administration to avoid being overly prescriptive in its waiver package.

 "We look forward to seeing the specific details of the waiver package in September but will proceed with developing innovative new accountability models," said Wilhoit.

CCSSO announced in June that 44 states and the District of Columbia have agreed to work together to improve student achievement through the development and implementation of improved state accountability systems.