Our Promise

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. 

Chris Minnich, CCSSO's executive director, says, "We are guided by one aspiration: to ensure that by 2017 we are making significant progress in preparing all students for success in college, careers, and life. CCSSO is committed to closing achievement gaps and ensuring significant academic gains are made by all students regardless of background. Why this aspiration? Student achievement is the cornerstone of everything we do." 

CCSSO's work is guided by our Strategic Plan for 2017-2020 and anchored in our commitment to provide an equitable education to every child. To realize this, our organization focuses on six specific areas of work in service of chiefs, their agencies, and children across the nation:

  1. Students: Implementing high expectations for each student
  2. Critical student transitions: Creating multiple pathways for student success
  3. Teachers: Providing high-quality instruction and educational support
  4. School and district leaders: Continuously improving schools for each student
  5. State leaders: Leading effective state education agencies6. Our organization: Providing a strategic, supportive Council
  6. Our organization: Providing a strategic, supportive Council

Download CCSSO's Strategic Plan for 2017-2020 here