Supporting Students with Disabilities

CCSSO helps to bridge special education and general education systems to ensure integrated efforts to improve outcomes for all students, including students with disabilities. 

Through various partnerships with national technical assistance centers and national coalitions, we work to support states in their efforts to improve outcomes for students with disabilities.  We’ve collaborated with the Collaboration for Effective Educators Development, Accountability and Reform (CEEDAR) Center and  The National Center for Systemic Improvement (NCSI) as well as launched a diverse coalition of organizations to support states in their efforts to develop teachers and leader who can successfully prepare students with disabilities to achieve college and career-ready standards. Read more about our partnerships and our work with students with disabilities here

Supporting English Language Learners

English learners (ELs) represent the fastest-growing student group nationwide in K-12 schools (about one in 10 students.) More than ever, state chiefs are committed to leveraging policy to better serve these students.

State education agencies are committed to transforming their support to better serve this traditionally underserved population of students. As part of that effort, State chiefs are committed to supporting English learners, those students who are not yet proficient in English, in receiving a strong education while they move toward English proficiency. We have devoted to working with states in these efforts. Key areas of support include (1) developing English Language Proficiency Standards, (2) facilitating the development of English Language Proficiency Assessments, (3) development of guidance on moving toward a common definition of ELs, (4) inclusion of ELs in state accountability systems, (5) compliance with federal law related to ELs, and (6) guidance on identifying ELs with disabilities. Learn more about our work with English Learners here