Our promise is to lead chiefs and their state education agencies by focusing on state-driven leverage points that they are uniquely positioned to address and increasing their capacity to produce students ready to succeed as productive members of society.
Who We Are
The Council of Chief State School Officers is a nonpartisan, nationwide, nonprofit organization of public officials who head departments of elementary and secondary education in the states, the District of Columbia, the Department of Defense Education Activity, and five U.S. extra-state jurisdictions. CCSSO provides leadership, advocacy, and technical assistance on major educational issues. The Council seeks member consensus on major educational issues and expresses their views to civic and professional organizations, federal agencies, Congress, and the public.
To view the financial statements of the Council for fiscal year 2010, click here.
To view the financial statements of the Council for fiscal year 2011, click here.
To view the financial statements of the Council for fiscal year 2012, click here.
This is our online membership directory. Our membership is composed of every chief state school officer in United States of America, the District of Columbia, the Department of Defense Education Activity, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and five U.S. extra-state jurisdictions.
Our board of directors manage the overall business affairs of the Council and are the governing body of the organization. The board is composed of the president, the president-elect, the past president, and six directors elected by the members from the CCSSO membership.
Our leadership team is composed of senior staff in the organization that meet regularly to discuss issues and make decisions related to the overall operation of the Council. They are responsible for establishing and monitoring the strategic goals of the organization; creating or improving Council processes; determining future needs and directions of the Council; and providing guidance and overall leadership to Council staff.
Our staff is committed to transforming our nation's public education system through the Council's four strategic initiative areas. Our staff has experience working in state education agencies, in education policy, as educators, and in the business community.
The Council's Business and Industry partners are a select group of institutions and organizations that engage in the work of the Council and participate in CCSSO's membership meetings.