Press Releases

 
12/03/13: CCSSO Executive Director Releases Statement on 2012 PISA Results

CCSSO executive director Chris Minnich released the following statement in response to the 2012 Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) results released today.

 
11/17/13: CCSSO Welcomes 2014 President and Board of Directors

The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) announced today the 2014-2015 CCSSO Board of Directors. Elections took place during the 2013 Annual Policy Forum and Business Meeting in Richmond. Terry Holliday, Commissioner of Education in Kentucky assumed the role of CCSSO president and June Atkinson, Superintendent of Public Instruction in North Carolina was named president-elect.

 
11/14/13: CCSSO Statement on Waiver Extension Announcement

Today the US Department of Education announced that states will have the opportunity to apply for a one-year extension for approved ESEA flexibility plans. CCSSO executive director Chris Minnich released the following statement in response to the announcement.

 
11/07/13: CCSSO Statement on New NAEP Results

CCSSO executive director Chris Minnich released the following statement in response to the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) results released today.

 
10/23/13: Seven States Selected to Join Network for Transforming Educator Preparation

The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) announces today that 7 states have been selected to participate in a 2-year pilot focused on transforming educator preparation and entry systems to the profession. CCSSO created the Network for Transforming Educator Preparation (NTEP) to support states ready to take action in three key policy areas to ensure all educators are ready on the first day of their career to prepare our students for college, work and life.

 
10/01/13: State Chiefs Set Criteria for 'High-Quality' Assessment

The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) has issued guidelines for test makers creating assessments for the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in mathematics and English/language arts, urging them to adhere to key principles to create high quality assessments.

 
10/01/13: State Chiefs Release Criteria for High-Quality Assessment

States have raised the bar by adopting college- and career-ready standards, and are further exerting their leadership by committing to new criteria to ensure that new assessments match the rigor of their college- and career-ready (CCR) standards.

 
08/16/13: Stephen Bowen to Join CCSSO Team as Director of Innovation

The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) announced today that Stephen Bowen will join CCSSO to lead the organization’s work on innovation. Bowen will leave his post as Commissioner of Education in Maine and join as the Strategic Initiative Director for Innovation at CCSSO formally in September. In this role he will direct work in emerging innovative practices in education, including digital learning, competency based learning, and open educational resources.

 
08/07/13: CCSSO Executive Director Weighs in on New York State Assessment Release

Today New York state released the results of the April 2013 grades 3-8 math and English Language Arts (ELA) assessments. These assessment results provide information for the first time on New York student progress toward meeting the goals in the Common Core State Standards. CCSSO Executive Director, Chris Minnich released the following statement:

 
08/06/13: CCSSO Statement on USED’s Decision to Approve the California District CORE Waiver

CCSSO released the following statement today regarding the U.S. Department of Education announcement today to approve a waiver from NCLB for eight school districts that are part of the California Office to Reform Education (CORE).