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Global Education Policy Statement

In 1985 the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) issued a policy statement on international dimensions in education. Many, if not most, of the priorities identified in that statement continue to have relevance today. However, over the course of two decades the context and traditional drivers of change have been significantly altered. More than ever before, students from around the globe are learning to adapt to change and to capitalize on expanding opportunities to become multilingual and learn to use mathematics, science, and technological skills in ways that meet or exceed the levels of current American students. We must take a constructive, positive, and innovative approach to prepare our children in a similar fashion, increasing the rigor of our academic standards, and thereby ensuring that all students are prepared to succeed in the global society.

This updated statement identifies five major challenges we face in the 21st century both individually in our state education agencies and collectively as a national organization of education leaders.