Council of Chief State School Officers
The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO or the Council) is a nonpartisan, nationwide, nonprofit organization of public officials who head departments of elementary and secondary education in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, the Department of Defense Education Activity, the Bureau of Indian Education and the five U.S. extra-state jurisdictions, including American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. As leaders of public agencies with the ability to effect change at multiple levels, chief state school officers (chiefs) are uniquely positioned to help create the conditions in districts and schools that lead to equitable opportunities and outcomes for kids and, consequently, a stronger nation. As an organization in service of the chiefs and their agencies, they are committed to ensuring that all studentsâ regardless of backgroundâ are prepared for college, careers and life. Their work includes supporting states as they implement new standards and accountability systems, reinvent systems that develop effective teachers and leaders and navigate federal policy in the pursuit of helping students succeed.