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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, the Bureau of Indian Education and the five U.S. extra-state jurisdictions.

As an organization, we are committed to ensuring that all students participating in our public education system -- regardless of background -- graduate prepared for college, careers and life. To realize this, CCSSO brings together dedicated leaders and exceptional ideas to achieve measurable progress for every student. Our work includes supporting states as they implement new standards, reinvent systems that develop effective teachers, explore and adopt new technologies, and navigate political turmoil-all in the pursuit of helping students succeed.

CCSSO staff are available to comment on a wide variety of topics pertaining to K-12 education. Please contact the CCSSO Communications Team at