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.

The council's areas of focus are education workforce; information systems and research; next generation learners; and standards, assessment, and accountability. One of its nationally recognized projects is the National Teacher of the Year award. Other efforts include the "Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium" (est. 1987).[1] Recent initiatives include a "Shared Learning Collaborative" (est. 2011);[2] and an "Innovation Lab Network" of states, "to assess skills expected by the Common Core."[3]

As of 1981, peer organizations include the American Association of School Administrators, National Association of State Boards of Education, National Congress of Parents and Teachers, National Education Association, and National School Boards Association.[4]

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  1. ^ Thomas C. Hunt; et al., eds. (2010). Encyclopedia of Educational Reform and Dissent. Sage. ISBN 978-1-4522-6573-5.
  2. ^ Joel Spring (2014). Political Agendas for Education: From Race to the Top to Saving the Planet (5th ed.). Routledge. ISBN 978-1-134-62636-6.
  3. ^ "Should the U.S. Make Standardized Tests Harder?", The Atlantic, November 24, 2014
  4. ^ Intergovernmentalizing the classroom: federal involvement in elementary and secondary education. Federal Role in the Federal System: the Dynamics of Growth. Washington DC: Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations. 1981. ISBN 978-1-4289-2831-2.
  5. ^ "States Receive a Reading List: New Standards for Education", New York Times, June 2, 2010
  6. ^ Stephen J. Farenga; Daniel Ness, eds. (2015) [2005]. Encyclopedia of Education and Human Development. Routledge. ISBN 978-1-317-47183-7.

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