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Monday, January 11, 2016

CCSSO Submits Comment on ESSA Regulation and Guidance

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

Washington, D.C. (January 11, 2016) -- The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) today submitted comment on what regulation and guidance the U.S. Department of Education should issue to interpret the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

CCSSO strongly supported approval of ESSA because the law provides a long-term, stable federal policy that gives states additional flexibility and encourages states and schools to innovate, while at the same time holding us accountable for results.

"Implementation of a comprehensive new law is an extraordinarily complex endeavor at every level - federal, state, and local," the comments state.

"Passage of ESSA presents state and local leaders with many questions about how to implement in a manner that is both responsive to state and local needs and compliant with federal law. We welcome the Department's partnership in implementing the new law as Congress intended and providing interpretive guidance as state and local leaders embrace new opportunities under the law to better serve students."

Read the full comments here.


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.