Press Releases

07/19/13: CCSSO Statement on ConnectED Initiative Announcement

Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) executive director Chris Minnich released the following statement today regarding the Federal Communications Commission's bipartisan vote to seek public comment regarding improvements to the E-Rate program, which provides internet access to public schools and libraries.

06/18/13: CCSSO Statement on College- and Career-Ready Assessment Transition Flexibility

CCSSO issued the following statement today in response to a letter from Arne Duncan, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education, regarding flexibility for the transition to college- and career-ready assessments.

06/13/13: CCSSO Releases Innovative New Resource to Improve Teacher Effectiveness

CCSSO, in collaboration with School Improvement Network, releases today the InTASC LumiBook, a free interactive online guide to understanding and applying the updated InTASC Model Core Teaching Standards and Learning Progressions for Teachers.

06/06/13: CCSSO Statement on ConnectED Initiative Announcement

Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) executive director Chris Minnich released the following statement today regarding President Obama’s announcement of the ConnectED initiative aimed at providing 99 percent of America’s students high-speed internet connectivity in their schools and libraries over the next five years.

05/28/13: Chiefs Release Principles to Ensure Successful Transition to High-Quality, College- and Career-Ready Assessments

States have come together around principles to guide state leadership in assessment transition and to address several immediate state-federal issues in regards to assessment implementation. The principles address key issues essential to successful implementation of high-quality assessments aligned with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) or state college and career readiness (CCR) standards including assessments developed by the PARCC and Smarter Balanced consortia. Additionally, the principles address the immediate need for clear guidelines and bottom-line options for issues that implicate state and federal legal requirements.

05/16/13: CCSSO and Aspen Institute Release Paper Examining Strategies for Integrating Common Core and Teacher Effectiveness

To strengthen state implementation of Common Core State Standards and meaningful teacher evaluations, the Aspen Institute and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) today released a set of recommendations for forging coherence across these efforts at CCSSO’s Implementing the Common Core Standards (ICCS) meeting of 22 states in New Orleans. Teaching to the Core: Integrating Implementation of Common Core and Teacher Effectiveness Policies, authored by the Aspen Institute’s Ross Wiener, suggests ten actions for state leaders.

04/22/13: WA Teacher Named 2013 National Teacher of the Year

The Council of Chief State School Officers announced today that Jeff Charbonneau, a 9-12th grade Chemistry, Physics and Engineering teacher in Washington state, is the 63rd National Teacher of the Year. Charbonneau, along with all 2013 State Teachers of the Year, will be recognized by President Barack Obama in a ceremony at the White House, on Tuesday, April 23.

04/10/13: CCSSO Releases Learning Progressions for Teachers

CCSSO releases today learning progressions for teachers during its Annual Summit on Educator Effectiveness in Louisville, KY. The InTASC Model Core Teaching Standards and Learning Progressions for Teachers 1.0: A Resource for Ongoing Teacher Development are designed to be used by state, district, and local policy makers and staff to inform what knowledge and skills should be required for teacher licensure, developing a tiered licensure system that promotes continued growth, and building robust support components of evaluation systems.

02/07/13: Chiefs from KY and NY Call on Congress to Reauthorize ESEA in Testimony before U.S. Senate

Chief state school officers from Kentucky and New York testified today about the reform efforts they are advancing under their approved flexibility waivers before the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) and called on Congress to promptly reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). The hearing titled “No Child Left Behind: Early Lessons from State Flexibility Waivers” included testimony from U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Kentucky Commissioner of Education Terry Holliday, and New York Commissioner of Education John King.

01/04/13: Idaho Deputy Carissa Miller Joins CCSSO as Deputy Executive Director

The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) announces today that Carissa Miller is named deputy executive director overseeing CCSSO’s membership program, federal advocacy activities, and research service. Carissa will start in this position in February of 2013.