Press Releases

 
11/19/11: 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.

 
11/08/11: Superintendent Luna Testifies Before Senate Committee on NCLB Reauthorization

Idaho Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna told members of the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee on Tuesday that he supports the current legislation to reauthorize No Child Left Behind because it finds the right balance between the state’s responsibility and the federal government’s role.

 
10/17/11: CCSSO Sends Letter of Support to Chairman Harkin and Ranking Member Enzi Regarding ESEA Reauthorization

On October 11, Chairman Tom Harkin (D-IA), in collaboration with Senator Michael Enzi (R-WY) released a draft of comprehensive legislation to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). CCSSO sent the following letter outlining recommendations to Chairman Tom Harkin and Senator Michael Enzi.

 
10/11/11: CCSSO Issues Statement on Senate ESEA Reauthorization Proposal

Today, Chairman Tom Harkin (D-IA), in collaboration with Senator Michael Enzi (R-WY) released a draft of comprehensive legislation to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).

 
09/26/11: College Readiness Partnership Announces Selection of State Leadership Teams

The American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and the State Higher Education Executive Officers (SHEEO) are pleased to announce that state leadership teams from Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Missouri, Oregon, Tennessee and Wisconsin have been selected to participate in the College Readiness Partnership (CRP).

CCSSO Issues Statement on President Obama’s Waiver Announcement    
09/22/11: 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.

 
09/14/11: NM Chief Outlines Reform Plans for Teacher Evaluation and School Accountability

Hanna Skandera, Secretary for the New Mexico Public Education Department testified today before the House Education and Workforce Committee about the measures used to hold schools accountable in New Mexico’s education reform efforts. Skandera’s testimony highlighted New Mexico’s education reform efforts focused on the achievement of students, the quality of teachers, and the measures used to hold schools accountable.

 
08/18/11: Four State Leadership Teams Receive $50,000 Grants to Expand Learning Opportunities

Teams of state legislators, state education officials, governors’ policy advisors and statewide afterschool network directors in California, Connecticut, New Jersey, and Washington each received $50,000 competitive grants to support student success by effectively integrating expanded learning opportunities into state education systems. The grants are awarded through the Supporting Student Success: The Promise of Expanded Learning Opportunities initiative, sponsored by the C.S. Mott Foundation. The grants will support each state’s plan to develop, adopt, and implement state policies that integrate expanded learning opportunities—such as afterschool, summer learning, and extended day and year programs—into state education systems.

 
08/08/11: 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).

 
07/27/11: TN Chief Outlines Statewide Teacher Evaluation System Before House Committee

Kevin Huffman, Tennessee Commissioner of Education testified today before the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Education and the Workforce about the role that teachers and teacher evaluation can play in the effort to build a better education system.