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Thursday, December 10, 2015

CCSSO Statement on Signing of Every Student Succeeds Act

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

Washington D.C. (December 10, 2015) -- President Barack Obama today signed the Every Student Succeeds Act. Chris Minnich, executive director of the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), released the following statement.

"This is a historic moment. The legislation passed by Congress and signed today by President Barack Obama puts public education in this country on a more promising course. It is a trajectory that will bring stability to states, offering ground firm enough for states to innovate and design systems that specifically meet the needs of their students. 

It will shift important conversations and stoke meaningful debate on what is best for each state's educators, students and parents. After eight years of debate and temporary fixes, states now can go beyond the rigid constructs dictated in No Child Left Behind, and explore the best models that work for their state and local schools.

With this flexibility comes responsibility, and the federal law rightly has measures in place to hold states accountable for student outcomes. States have shown leadership in the past, driving the move to higher academic standards and better assessments, and I know they will continue to lead in the future to do what is in the best interest of all kids." 

In addition, please see these statements of support from state education chiefs.

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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.