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Promoting Innovation in Federal Law

Chiefs and state education agencies are already leading the way on college- and career-ready standards and transparent accountability and now need room for innovation and flexibility in how we achieve those standards. Federal law cannot simply mandate the way to dramatic improvements in student achievement-as if there is a single right answer for how to achieve meaningful results in every context, at every scale. CCSSO strongly supports infusing professional, state judgment into the system through a new state-federal partnership that recognizes the critical role state education agencies play. Federal law should set broad goals and criteria in core policy areas but encourage sound state policy innovation.