CCSSO Applauds New Flexibility for States

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Washington, D.C. (March 20, 2020) – The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) released the following statement about the Education Department’s release of a new expedited process that will allow state education agencies to more easily request federal waivers of assessment and other requirements.

“In these unprecedented times, states need flexibility as they prioritize the health and safety of all students, teachers, staff and families. We appreciate the President and U.S. Department of Education being responsive to CCSSO and states in taking this critical step that ensures state leaders can focus more time on serving the needs of their students, educators and community members,” said CCSSO Executive Director Carissa Moffat Miller. “State chiefs strongly believe in the importance of assessments and accountability but now is the time to focus first on the safety and well-being of all students as educators assist them in weathering and recovering from this national emergency.”


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, Bureau of Indian Education, 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.

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