Council of Chief State School Officers

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The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) is a non-partisan non-profit organization of public officials who head departments of elementary and secondary education in the U.S. states, the District of Columbia, the Department of Defense Education Activity and five U.S. territories. 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.

The Council's areas of strategic focus are education workforce; information systems and research; next generation learners; and standards, assessment, and accountability.

One of CCSSO's nationally recognized projects is the National Teacher of the Year award.

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