The Council of Chief State School Officers is a nonpartisan, nationwide, nonprofit organization of public officials who head departments of elementary and secondary education in the states. CCSSO provides leadership, advocacy, and technical assistance on major educational issues. The Chiefs, with the technical assistance services of EducationCounsel LLC, will support states as they develop and submit waiver requests under No Child Left Behind pursuant to the US Department of Education's recent flexibility package. To date, 11 states submitted waiver requests in November 2011 and an additional 21 have indicated their desire to pursue a waiver with support from CCSSO in February 2012.
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Grants to this Grantee
for support to states in adopting and implementing the Common Core assessments
This national association of state education commissioners has been helping a small number of states transition to new assessments aligned with the Common Core. This grant would finance planning for a larger project to help states make policy changes and address technical issues involved in using the new tests. The aim of this grant is to increase the likelihood that states will adopt the new assessments with fidelity to deeper learning.
for the SMARTER Balanced consortium's capacity and higher education and standards framing activities
Representing thirty-one member states, the Council's SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium is one of two federally funded consortia formed to develop a common K-12 student assessment system. The Consortium will coordinate with the higher education community to foster consensus on reasonable, rigorous student performance standards. This grant also would support improvements in the Consortium's management, outreach, and engagement with constituents. Its success is expected to be the centerpiece of the Education Program's Deeper Learning agenda, assuring that the K-12 common assessment system will involve rigorous testing and innovation, align with the postsecondary sector, and be widely adopted by states.