Press Releases

 
01/12/11: CCSSO Announces 2011 National Teacher of the Year Finalists

The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) announced the four finalists for the 2011 National Teacher of the Year today. The National Teacher of the Year Program, sponsored by the ING Foundation and Target, is a project of CCSSO in partnership with University of Phoenix and People to People Ambassador Programs.

 
12/16/10: State K-12 Education Officials and Higher Ed Leaders Announce Partnership to Implement Common Core State Standards

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) announced today that they have formed a partnership to promote broad implementation of Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in English language arts and mathematics. The groups recognize collaboration is essential to effective implementation of the CCSS.

 
12/07/10: National Groups Co-Host Briefing on 2009 PISA Results: World-Class Education for Global Competitiveness

The results of the 2009 Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) were released this morning by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), showing that 15-year-old students in the United States continue to rank at average or below average in international comparisons of reading, math, and science.

 
11/24/10: CCSSO Welcomes New President and Board of Directors

The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) announced today the 2010-2011 CCSSO Board of Directors and Deputies Leadership Commission members. All board members and officers are chief state school officers and continue their tenures in their respective states while serving on CCSSO’s board.

 
11/19/10: Bill Gates Addresses Chief State School Officers at CCSSO's Annual Policy Forum

The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) kicked off the 2010 Annual Policy Forum (APF) today with a keynote address from Bill Gates, former CEO and Co-Founder of Microsoft, and Co-Founder of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. State education leaders from across the United States have convened in Louisville, Kentucky this week to collaborate on key state priorities for education reform.

COUNCIL OF CHIEF STATE SCHOOL OFFICERS RELEASES CORE TEACHING STANDARDS FOR PUBLIC COMMENT    
07/19/10: COUNCIL OF CHIEF STATE SCHOOL OFFICERS RELEASES CORE TEACHING STANDARDS FOR PUBLIC COMMENT

The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) today released for public comment new draft core teaching standards. The release of the standards signals the beginning of the public comment period which will run until October 15, 2010, during which time CCSSO seeks broad input from the education community and the public at large.

 
06/02/10: NATIONAL GOVERNORS ASSOCIATION AND STATE EDUCATION CHIEFS LAUNCH COMMON STATE ACADEMIC STANDARDS

the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) released a set of state-led education standards, the Common Core State Standards, at Peachtree Ridge High School in Suwanee, GA. The English-language arts and mathematics standards for grades K-12 were developed in collaboration with a variety of stakeholders including content experts, states, teachers, school administrators and parents. The standards establish clear and consistent goals for learning that will prepare America's children for success in college and work.

 
05/06/10: CCSSO ANNOUNCES PARTNERSHIP FOR NEXT GENERATION LEARNING

The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) in alliance with the Stupski Foundation announced Kentucky, Maine, New York, Ohio, West Virginia and Wisconsin as the first states to launch a pioneering partnership to transform the nation’s public education system and dramatically lift the quality of learning and achievement for all children in public schools.

 
04/29/10: CCSSO President Testifies before Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee

Dr. Steven L. Paine, State Superintendent of Schools, West Virginia Department of Education, testified today on behalf of the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee on the Common Core State Standards Initiative and the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).

 
04/28/10: Iowa High School English Teacher to Be Named National Teacher of the Year at White House Ceremony

Because of her passion for her subject, her innovative focus on her learners and the equal passion she devotes to mentoring others new to the profession, Wessling will be named 2010 National Teacher of the Year by President Barack Obama at a White House ceremony on April 29, 2010. Also recognized at this event will be the 2010 state teachers of the year.