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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

CCSSO Releases Statement on Higher Education Act Regulations

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

Washington, D.C. (October 12, 2016) - The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) today released a statement on the U.S. Department of Education's Higher Education Act regulations.

CCSSO Executive Director Chris Minnich said, "Since the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) first issued a call-to-action in 2012, state chiefs have led the charge on transforming educator preparation programs to better serve the needs of students and educators. Working with states, we've put changes in place to give better information back to preparation programs, make state program approval more relevant and hold programs accountable for results.

 We are pleased to see that the regulations released today are reflective of current realities, as well as the extensive input provided by states through CCSSO's Network for Transforming Educator Preparation (NTEP). These regulations will help states implement these changes, and we are pleased the department listened to feedback and made these regulations stronger.​"

 

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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.