CCSSO Advocacy in Action

CCSSO supports chiefs in advocating on behalf of the students in their states, both directly and through collective action.

In 2015, state chiefs came together to establish these key principles for reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. 

Every Student Succeeds Act

We strongly support the Every Student Succeeds Act, a reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) creates a long-term stable federal policy that gives states additional flexibility and encourages states and schools to innovate, while at the same time holding us accountable for results.

We support all states as they move forward in implementing ESSA. Our support includes:

  • Providing tools and resources so states can learn more about the new law and how it will directly impact students
  • Hosting a series of webinars and in-person meetings to provide states with one-on-one support as they plan for changes at the state and local level
  • Providing comprehensive supports throughout the transition period as states develop implementation strategies and new state plans under the new law


Please click on any of the content areas below for more information: 

Stakeholder Engagement

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) offers states an incredible opportunity to work with stakeholders to develop or refine a strategic vision for education. We have supported states in their efforts to engage all stakeholders in the development and transition to the Every Student Succeeds Act. We have made available a suite of tools, resources and templates, created in collaboration with other organizations.

Federal Funds and Fiscal Transparency

Implementing ESSA to Promote Fiscal Equity and Maximize Effectiveness

ESSA, like No Child Left Behind (NCLB) before it, provides school districts with extra money to improve school and student outcomes. States play a significant role in shaping how districts and schools spend federal funds. 

States, school districts and schools that understand the full potential of federal formula grant programs can leverage significant resources to support their educational goals. We are working with states to drive more effective and equitable spending policies.