As the national voice of the Chief State School Officers in all 50 states and U.S. Territories, CCSSO represents its membership by coordinating consensus on federal education matters before the Administration, Congress, and the U.S. Department of Education.
The chief state school officers (chiefs) who lead state education agencies (SEAs) come from a wide range of backgrounds and ideologies, but share a common purpose: providing all young people with an education that gives them the opportunity to succeed in college and career. Individually, chiefs take different approaches to improving schools, but CCSSO supports chiefs to work collectively in the many areas of shared similar, substantial, and systemic challenges.
CCSSO’s Chief Transition Services (CTS) provides strategic counsel for chiefs and state education agencies (SEAs) in times of leadership transition. CTS deploys executive talent in times of transition, provides guidance on SEA organizational structure based on leading national policy implications, and works with chiefs and executive search firms to design positions and hire permanent staff and for SEAs.
The Council’s international program provides an opportunity for members to investigate high performing education systems in other countries. CCSSO partners with other organizations to support members exploring emerging international methods, practice, and policy and share this information with other states.
CCSSO’s Research and Development (R&D) service assists chief state school officers by providing meaningful interactions between policymakers and leading evidence and research expertise.