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Monday, March 17, 2014

CCSSO President Terry Holliday Delivers State of State Education Address

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

Washington, DC, March 16, 2014-CCSSO President and Kentucky Commissioner of Education, Terry Holliday delivered an address before state leaders from across the country gathered for CCSSO's 2014 Legislative Conference taking stock of the state of state education.

Holliday highlighted state leadership taking place across the country, "I'd like to spend a few minutes talking about some of the opportunities where as President of CCSSO, I think we have been at our best - places where we've marshaled our collective will to achieve big things - things that are bigger than any of our individual contributions." He went on to highlight collective and individual state leadership in the areas of college and career ready standards and high-quality assessments, ESEA waivers, teacher evaluation, educator preparation, career and technical education and the 'career-readiness agenda' and "accountability 3.0," including new systems for measuring student progress and competency based education.

Holliday also underscored that congressional action on the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) is critically needed. "As the president of CCSSO, I call on Congress to do what's in the best interests of the more than 54 million children in this country's K-12 education system, by ending the delays and the brinksmanship and the politicking and coming together to reauthorize ESEA as soon as possible. And not with a top down formula, imposed from on high, but with a clear understanding and appreciation that nowhere is the notion of states as incubators for good ideas more appropriate or important than it is in education. "

You can read Holliday's prepared remarks here.