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Press Release

Friday, October 30, 2015

CCSSO Supports Effort to Expand Dual Credit Opportunities

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

Washington, D.C. (October 30, 2015) - Carissa Miller, Deputy Executive Director, for the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) said today that CCSSO supports the U.S. Department of Education's recent effort to develop an experiment that will provide federal Pell grant funds to high school students taking college coursework in high school for credit.

"The Council of Chief State School Officers supports the U.S. Department of Education's effort to increase the number of students who are able to take college coursework while in high school. Dual credit and similar opportunities can help students better prepare for college and careers before they graduate. CCSSO, and our member states, look forward to learning from this pilot program to see how it can build on the progress states already have made in expanding access to high-quality dual credit courses."

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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.