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Thursday, June 23, 2016

Kentucky Education Commissioner Testifies at House Committee Hearing

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

WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 23, 2016) - This morning, the House Education and the Workforce Committee will hold a hearing on the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

Kentucky Commissioner of Education Stephen Pruitt has been invited to provide testimony at the hearing "Next Steps for K-12 Education: Examining Recent Efforts to Implement the Every Student Succeeds Act."

"Now, more than ever, what states need to implement ESSA is honest two-way communication, consistency and to be trusted to make good decisions," Pruitt said in his prepared remarks. "We need a common sense approach that supports a quality system of assessments, accountability and school improvement measures that can be implemented with fidelity and will promote doing what is right for students."

Today's hearing will also include testimony from U.S. Secretary of Education John King, as well as other state and local education leaders.

For more information, download Pruitt's full written testimony. Watch the hearing live.


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.