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Thursday, April 02, 2015

CCSSO Releases Framework for Statewide Innovation

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

Washington, D.C. (April 2, 2015) - The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) is proud to release a new framework state education leaders and policymakers can use to innovate and make sure every child graduates from high school prepared for college, careers and life.

CCSSO's Innovation Lab Network (ILN) has published the Innovation in Action: State Pathways for Advancing Student-Centered Learning for states to use this successful framework, known as the ILN Policy & Implementation Logic Model, as a guide to advance future innovations.

While all state education chiefs are dedicated to innovation in public education, a growing number have joined the ILN because they share a commitment to advance locally led, student-centered innovations in deeper learning, and implement them across their states.

"Through the ILN, I am proud we have seen significant progress in many of our ILN states to share learning, drive collective action, and create environments that are focused on deeper learning opportunities for every child," said Chris Minnich, executive director of the Council of Chief State School Officers "I am excited we can build on their progress and provide this successful model to other states across country."

The ILN Logic Model framework focuses on five major areas to create deeper learning centered on students: 1) college- and career-readiness, 2) personalized learning and workforce preparation, 3) a balanced system of assessment, 4) an aligned accountability system, and 5) seamless pathways for all students to achieve college- and career-readiness.

States can download the new Innovation in Action publication to learn more about the framework and how it has been applied in ILN states. The publication includes specific examples from New Hampshire, Wisconsin, Oregon and Iowa.

New Hampshire has had particular success in recent months. After years of working with teachers and local education leaders, the New Hampshire Department of Education finally received word in March that its plan to pilot a new accountability model in four school districts across the state had been approved.

Now, New Hampshire is the first state in the nation to move forward with an accountability strategy that offers a reduced level of standardized testing coupled with locally managed assessments.

To learn more about the Innovation Lab Network, click 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.