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Friday, June 16, 2017

CCSSO Releases Statement on U.S. Department of Education’s ESSA Feedback

Contact:Olympia Meolaolympia.meola@ccsso.org202-336-7071

Washington, D.C. (June 16, 2017) - The Council of Chief State School Officers Executive Director Chris Minnich released the following statement about peer review of state plans submitted under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

"State chiefs appreciate feedback from the U.S. Department of Education on how to strengthen state plans under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Asking for more information to ensure completeness and enforcing statutory or regulatory provisions is the federal role. The three state reviews released so far, however, raise some concerns for state education leaders.  

States have built systems to improve educational opportunities for kids and the Department's feedback is too prescriptive in certain areas, and goes beyond the intent of the law.  We're concerned about pushback on the statewide goals, restrictions on the weight of science as an academic indicator as well as not allowing performance on indicators such as Advanced Placement courses or career readiness measures in accountability systems.  

That said, the feedback is part of the process in order to get to approval, and I'm confident with further clarification from the Department on these issues, states will be able to build the systems that best serve our nation's students."


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.