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Thursday, July 05, 2012

Scott Norton to Lead CCSSO Standards, Assessment and Accountability Work

Contact:Melissa McGrathmelissa.mcgrath@ccsso.org202-336-7034

The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) announced today that Scott Norton will join CCSSO as Strategic Initiative Director for Standards, Assessment, and Accountability.

Norton will lead the team working with states to implement the Common Core State Standards and assessments and to create and implement new student-focused accountability systems.  His team also runs the National Conference on Student Assessment and provides support to over 20 state consortia that focus on policy and technical issues. 

"Scott brings expertise and technical knowledge that will be tremendously valuable to states as they advance their education reform efforts," said CCSSO membership director Chris Minnich. "We are so pleased to have him on the CCSSO team."

Scott Norton joins CCSSO from the Louisiana Department of Education where he was Assistant Superintendent of the Office of Standards, Assessments, and Accountability.  In this role he oversaw: implementation of content standards and development of the Louisiana Comprehensive Curriculum; the state's transition to full implementation of the Common Core State Standards; all parts of the statewide assessment program, including LEAP, iLEAP, the Graduation Exit Examination, end-of-course tests, ELDA, two alternate assessments, NAEP, and the kindergarten readiness screening program; and implementation of the Louisiana School and District Accountability System.  He also led the state's work with the Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC). He holds a Ph.D. in Educational Administration and Supervision from Louisiana State University.

Norton's first day with CCSSO will be July 16, 2012.