The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) in alliance with the Stupski Foundation announced Kentucky, Maine, New York, Ohio, West Virginia and Wisconsin as the first states to launch a pioneering partnership to transform the nation’s public education system and dramatically lift the quality of learning and achievement for all children in public schools.
Over the past two years, CCSSO has been engaged in an intensive effort to chart a course to transform our public education system. To bring this vision to reality, CCSSO has formed an alliance with the Stupski Foundation to launch the Partnership for Next Generation Learning (PNxGL).
Newsweek recently published an article suggesting the creativity of American school children may be on the decline. The article cites results from the Torrance Tests of Creative Thinking (TTCT) to measure the creativity of students. Although TTCT is very popular in some parts of the world, critics point out that it is an out-of-context test, like IQ tests and is not situated in the context of actual activity. Regardless of whether or not the numbers are in fact declining, the article highlights the need to ensure creativity is encouraged throughout a child's educational experience. This is deeply embedded in on-going work at the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO).
The 2011 National Conference on Student Assessment (NCSA) will be held in Orlando, Florida, June 19-22, 2011. This year's conference theme is Next Generation Learners: Who Are They and What Are Their Needs?
CCSSO invites you to participate in a “Back to Campus” series of webinars focusing on the underlying challenges in college readiness and completion and the role of technology as an enabler of change. The webinar series will provide background discussions on topics relevant to the upcoming Next Generation Learning Challenges grant program, so interested parties may get different perspectives framing these important issues in learning technologies that span across K-20.
CCSSO submitted a formal response to the U.S. Department of Education (ED)’s Notice of Proposed Priorities (NPP) for future discretionary grant programs, expressing support for ED’s decision to outline a comprehensive reform agenda designed to better allocate limited federal resources.
There will be two upcoming webinars for the second wave of requests for proposals (RFP) for Next Generation Learning Challenges (NGLC) grants. The NGLC grants will provide up to $10 million to expand promising technology tools and applications that help more students master seventh- through ninth-grade math and literacy competencies, which are critical to college and career readiness.
CCSSO and the American Association of School Administrators (AASA) are supporting efforts led by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to provide school districts in Gulf Coast states with mental health resources as a result of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
CCSSO, NCSL, and the NGA Center Release Joint Report on the Promise of Expanded Learning Opportunities
This report describes the major policy strategies and processes by which six states were able to improve education outcomes through the S3 grant. It is a valuable resource for policymakers seeking to better integrate ELOs into state education reform agendas.
CCSSO, the Asia Society Partnership for Global Learning, and the Smithsonian will host a release of Educating for Global Competence: Preparing Our Youth to Engage the World on Wednesday, April 27 at the American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery.