The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO)--a nonpartisan, nationwide, nonprofit organization of public officials who head departments of elementary and secondary education in the states--provides leadership, advocacy, and technical assistance on major educational issues. It seeks member consensus on major educational issues and expresses their views to civic and professional organizations, federal agencies, Congress, and the public. CCSSO convenes an annual National Conference on Student Assessment, which has become the nation's leading venue for K-12 assessment issues. As a part of its 2011 Conference, CCSSO will convene a plenary session on the future of education and a related plenary break-out session on performance assessments. Hewlett would fund the performance assessment break-out session as well as providing support to the overall conference.
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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.