The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO or the Council) is a nationwide, nonpartisan, nonprofit membership organization representing the public officials who head state departments of elementary and secondary education across the nation, the District of Columbia, the Department of Defense Education Activity, and five U.S. extra-state jurisdictions. In addition to chief state school officers, CCSSO works with state education agency (SEA) staff, including deputy superintendents of education, federal liaisons, communications directors and various programmatic personnel.
The Council works tirelessly to ensure every child receives the opportunity to excel before and after graduation. The Council is guided by an overarching aspiration which is to ensure that all students—regardless of background—are prepared for success in college, careers, and life. To realize this, we bring together dedicated leaders and exceptional ideas to achieve measurable progress for every student. Our work includes supporting states as they implement new standards, reinvent systems that develop effective teachers, explore and adopt new technologies, and navigate political turmoil—all in the pursuit of helping students succeed. We offer a trusted forum for members to collaborate, share, and demonstrate best practices while providing continuity and support to key SEA staff. At the national level, CCSSO forges state consensus on pressing education issues, advocating for policies and practices that represent states’ interests. For almost 90 years, CCSSO has been bringing together the top education leaders, including state policy leaders, education experts, and others, to create solutions on shared issues.
Our focus for 2018-2019 includes working with states and SEAs on implementing the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) as well as engaging in partnership with our members to advance specific strategies that ensure all students have meaningful pathways for success.
The Council's Industry Partners comprise a select group of institutions and organizations that align and further the advancement of CCSSO’s mission and goals. CCSSO taps its partners’ expertise in areas such as education technology, assessment, research and analytics, curriculum development, and support for educators and leaders to help build the capacity of its membership. In turn, partners support professional development opportunities for Chiefs and SEAs by leveraging their human capital to better inform state policy decision making. Partners may have opportunities to network with chiefs and their key staff members through member meetings, participation in CCSSO initiatives, executive briefings, webinars, and other customized networking and programmatic efforts. Through this interaction and exchange of ideas, Council partners gain an understanding of key issues facing state education leaders while our SEA members benefit from exposure to new ideas, different perspectives, and innovative solutions.
||If agreeing to a two-year commitment, the fee is reduced to $166,000
||If agreeing to a two-year commitment, the fee is reduced to $126,000