What We Do

CCSSO leads and facilitates collective state action to transform our public education system in the four strategic areas of Educator Workforce; Information Systems and Research; Next Generation Learners; and Standards, Assessment, and Accountability.

Education Workforce

The Education Workforce initiative focuses on what are arguably the most important factors in student achievement—effective teachers and leaders. CCSSO is calling for states to change the rules, encourage innovation, learn from other sectors, and apply new principles to transform these professions.

Education Data & Information Systems

The Education Data and Information Systems initiative engages in collective state leadership and action in three significant areas offering the greatest potential for harnessing the power of information to improve education: Designing robust and comprehensive state information systems and a consistent, safe, and secure information architecture; developing state capacity and practical resources for accessing, analyzing, and using timely information effectively; leading collaborative state, national, and international efforts to examine trends and patterns in education.

Innovation Lab Network

The Innovation Lab Network (ILN) is a group of states taking action to identify, test, and implement student-centered approaches to learning that will transform our public education system. The goal of the ILN is to spur system-level change by scaling locally-led innovation to widespread implementation, both within and across states, with a constant focus on student outcomes.

Legislation & Advocacy

As the national voice of the Chief State School Officers in all 50 states and U.S. Territories, CCSSO represents its membership by coordinating consensus on federal education matters before the Administration, Congress, and the U.S. Department of Education.

Membership Services

CCSSO brings together school chiefs and supports their work on education policy issues with the goal of improving public education across the United States. All of our work is guided by a commitment to preparing every student for success in college, career and beyond.

Standards, Assessment & Accountability

The Standards, Assessment, and Accountability Initiative focuses on the three historical and most powerful drivers of education systems. State by state, we have made progress in these areas over the past decade-but we need to continue to support and effect the transformative change that will truly prepare every child, in every school, for the challenges and opportunities of the future.

National Teacher of the Year

The National Teacher of the Year (NTOY) Program began in 1952 and continues as the oldest, most prestigious national honors program that focuses public attention on excellence in teaching.