CCSSO President Releases Statement on Negotiated Rulemaking
Washington, D.C. (April 19, 2016) - The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) released the following statements at the end of the negotiated rulemaking process on certain provisions in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).
Chief state school officers were represented on the Negotiated Rulemaking Committee by CCSSO Board President and Wisconsin Superintendent Tony Evers, as well as Marcus Cheeks, executive director of Federal Programs for the Mississippi Department of Education.
Tony Evers, CCSSO Board President and Wisconsin Superintendent of Public Instruction, said, "Finding common ground on critical issues like equity is important as states transition from NCLB-prescribed to ESSA-informed. I know that all who engaged in this process care deeply about equal opportunity and access for all kids. Throughout the negotiated rulemaking process, all stakeholders have been focused on the best interest of kids. However, after many good discussions and days of work, we were unable reach consensus on the best way to manage the supplement not supplant provision. It is my hope that any regulations put in place make sense in practice to improve education for all kids and do not hinder the progress of state and local education agencies."
Chris Minnich, executive director of CCSSO said, "We are pleased to reach consensus with the U.S. Department of Education and all stakeholders on critical issues, such as the importance of computer-adaptive testing and guidance on mathematics in the 8th grade, through the negotiated rulemaking process. Also, we are happy to see the serious conversations about how we help students in our nation. Yet we were unable to reach consensus on all issues. While we wholeheartedly agree with the Department on the goal to create equitable funding for all kids, it is clear we do not agree on the best way to reach this goal. As chief state school officers, we know funding formulas are best designed at a state and local level where they can take into account the specific needs of individual communities and their students, including those kids in the most need of assistance. The Every Student Succeeds Act includes language that ensures all schools and districts will consider funding inequities as they work to improve lowest-performing schools. This is an issue state education leaders take seriously and are committed to addressing in the transition to the new law, however a single federal solution will not solve this issue."
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The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) is a nonpartisan, nationwide, nonprofit organization of public officials who head departments of elementary and secondary education in the states, the District of Columbia, the Department of Defense Education Activity, and five U.S. extra-state jurisdictions. CCSSO provides leadership, advocacy, and technical assistance on major educational issues. The Council seeks member consensus on major educational issues and expresses their views to civic and professional organizations, federal agencies, Congress, and the public.