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03/01/11

CCSSO Executive Director Wilhoit Testifies before Congress on Unnecessary Federal Requirements and Regulations

Contact:Melissa McGrathmelissa.mcgrath@ccsso.org202-336-7034

CCSSO Executive Director Gene Wilhoit testified today before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Education and Workforce about federal reporting regulations and the significant state and local burdens that result. Wilhoit's testimony focused on the importance of streamlining federal data collections; moving away from outdated models of measuring teacher quality; and improving federal program monitoring and funding audits.

"States seek a fundamental shift in federal law that rightly raises the bar in terms of education goals but clears-away unneeded regulation and returns power and judgment to states and districts to determine the means of achieving those goals," Wilhoit said.

The Council supports current federal laws that ensure strong accountability and meaningful oversight. States are leading the development of the next generation of accountability systems that will include fair and reliable growth models and meaningful measures of teacher effectiveness tied to student achievement. Federal law must not stand in the way of bold state-led reform efforts. States agree that federal regulatory requirements can and should support states by removing barriers to innovation and prioritizing the support of improved student achievement.

Wilhoit outlined in his testimony that federal education data collection is often redundant and generally lacks a coherent and comprehensive vision. Existing burdens on state data collection requirements have prevented states from dedicating more time and resources to improving student achievement because too much time and effort is spent inefficiently accounting for federal funds through burdensome audits and program reviews.

Wilhoit's testimony is located online here. Also testifying at the hearing were Superintendent of Loudon County Public Schools Edgar Hatrick; President of St. John's College Christopher Nelson and President of The Education Trust Kati Haycock.