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Monday, March 13, 2017

CCSSO Issues Statement on Revised ESSA Template

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

Washington, D.C. (March 13, 2017) - The U.S. Department of Education today released a revised template for state plans submitted under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), in light of recent action in Congress to rescind accountability regulations under the Congressional Review Act.

Chris Minnich, the executive director of the Council of Chief State School Officers, released the following statement:

"We appreciate the U.S. Department of Education issuing guidance quickly after Congress approved the Congressional Review Act. This guidance provides the clarity states need to continue to move forward in writing and submitting their plans aligned with the Every Student Succeeds Act. The new guidance makes some common sense changes to streamline the application process while preserving the spirit of the law. States have been moving ahead to write plans that are in the best interest of the kids in their state, and we are confident their work creating their plans will meet the requirements of this template."

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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.