Press Releases

 
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.

 
04/14/10: Alabama School Chief Testifies before Senate Appropriations Subcommittee

Joseph Morton, State Superintendent of Education of the Alabama Department of Education, testified today on behalf of the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) before the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies on the need for an Education Jobs Fund.

 
04/13/10: CCSSO Welcomes Board President Dr. Steven L. Paine

The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) welcomes Dr. Steven L. Paine, state superintendent of schools for West Virginia, as CCSSO’s Board President.

Draft K-12 Common Core State Standards Available for Comment    
04/01/10: Draft K-12 Common Core State Standards Available for Comment

The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) today released the first official public draft of the K-12 standards as part of the Common Core State Standards Initiative, a process being led by governors and chief state school officers in 51 states, territories, and the District of Columbia.

CCSSO Statement on President Obama's ESEA Blueprint    
03/16/10: CCSSO Statement on President Obama's ESEA Blueprint

On Monday, March 15, President Obama submitted a blueprint to Congress on how best to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). CCSSO believes this blueprint is responsive to state calls for reform of the No Child Left Behind Act and is a strong first step toward final reauthorization, which the Council has publicly called for since 2006.

Forty-Eight States Gather to Collectively Address ESEA Reauthorization and Implementation of ARRA     
03/30/10: Forty-Eight States Gather to Collectively Address ESEA Reauthorization and Implementation of ARRA

With the pending reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) as a focal point, 48 states met at CCSSO's 2010 Legislative Conference in Washington, DC, to address pressing state education issues.

 
02/03/10: CCSSO Statement on President Obama’s Budget Request to Congress

CCSSO applauds the Obama Administration’s proposal to increase resources for important state education priorities and for recognizing the vital role education plays in the economic prosperity of the country.