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Twenty-Seven States and DC Submit NCLB Waivers Applications

Today 27 states and the District of Columbia submitted applications to the U.S. Department of Education seeking waivers of certain provisions of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). These waivers will allow states the flexibility to develop stronger accountability and teacher evaluation systems, and provide relief from current provisions preventing states from moving forward with reform. The 11 states that submitted waivers earlier this year in November have all been approved.

 

CCSSO Statement on Waiver Announcement

Today President Barack Obama announced that his Administration has approved 10 state waiver proposals that move beyond current No Child Left Behind (NCLB) requirements and present comprehensive reform plans focused on preparing every child for college and career.

 

CCSSO Welcomes New President and Board of Directors

The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) announced today the 2011-2012 CCSSO Board of Directors. Elections took place during the 2011 Annual Policy Forum and Business Meeting in Phoenix, Arizona. Tom Luna, Superintendent of Public Instruction in Idaho was sworn in as CCSSO president and Mitchell Chester, Commissioner of Education in Massachusetts was named president-elect.

 

CCSSO Issues Statement on President Obama’s Waiver Announcement

On Friday, September 23, President Obama will release the details of the Administration's waiver package, which responds to calls from state education leaders to move beyond current No Child Left Behind (NCLB) requirements and support state efforts to prepare every child for college and career. The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) continues to advocate for Congressional action through reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), but believes that the waivers are a desperately needed step forward in transforming our education system to provide young people with the high quality education they deserve.

 

CCSSO Issues Statement on Administration's Waiver Announcement

CCSSO Executive Director Gene Wilhoit issued the following statement today in response to Secretary Arne Duncan’s announcement that the U.S. Department of Education will consider state waiver proposals under the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB).

 

States Take the Lead on Accountability

The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) announces that 41 states have agreed to work together to dramatically improve student achievement through the development and implementation of improved state accountability systems.

 

CCSSO and Asia Society Global Competency Webcast

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 from is 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. at the American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery. The release will be accompanied by a discussion about educating students for global competence, using the framework developed as part of CCSSO's EdSteps initiative.

 

CCSSO and the Asia Society Release Book on Global Competence

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.

 

CCSSO Releases Report on Formative Assessment and Next-Generation Assessment Systems

CCSSO and leading authorities on formative assessment released a new report on Wednesday, November 10, about the future of student assessment and the development of more effective ways to assess student learning.

 

EdSteps Launches Public Review Process of Student Writing

On October 20, 2010 CCSSO officially launches the public review process of writing samples for EdSteps — an initiative to develop a tool to measure progress in skill areas that are traditionally difficult and costly to assess. This innovative program will create online continuums of student work and will help give students, parents, and teachers a clear idea of how a students’ performance compares to other students across the country, regardless of grade level.