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Wednesday, July 06, 2016

CCSSO Releases Statement on ESSA Regulations

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

Washington, D.C. (July 6, 2016) -- The Council of Chief State School Officers Executive Director Chris Minnich released the following statement today about the negotiated rules under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), as well as regulations for the Innovative Assessment and Accountability Demonstration Authority under ESSA.

Regarding the negotiated rules, Minnich said "These regulations are consistent with the proposals approved by the Negotiated Rulemaking Committee. I applaud the U.S. Department of Education for honoring the hard work of the many experts who lent their time and expertise to the panel, including CCSSO Board President and Wisconsin Superintendent Tony Evers, as well as Marcus Cheeks, executive director of Federal Programs for the Mississippi Department of Education."

"ESSA holds great promise for giving states the flexibility needed to best meet the needs of their students. That is the case in several areas, including allowing states to rethink the way student learning is assessed," Minnich continued.  

"An initial review of the assessment pilot regulations indicates that the U.S. Department of Education has sought to balance the need to ensure that any pilot would give all kids the same opportunities, while leaving room for states to innovate. CCSSO will continue to work with state chiefs as they work with stakeholders to determine what assessment model is best for their students, and whether that must be achieved through the pilot or under general provisions of The Every Student Succeeds Act."

Minnich added that while the regulations released today are promising, it will be hard to pilot new things while chiefs are worried about enforcement of the previous law. State chiefs urge the U.S. Department of Education to continue looking forward into implementation, and not continue to litigate No Child Left Behind. 


 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.