The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) announced today that 25 states have expressly committed to advance recommendations aimed at dramatically improving educator preparation and entry into the profession. The recommendations are outlined in a new CCSSO report, Our Responsibility, Our Promise –Transforming Educator Preparation and Entry into the Profession.” The report was developed collaboratively by state education chiefs to identify key areas they can change to ensure every teacher and principal are ready to prepare our students for college and careers from the day they enter the classroom.

The report recommends states focus on three key policy levers to improve the way we prepare our educator workforce: licensure, program approval, and data collection, analysis and reporting.

“States appropriately have raised the bar on expectations for our students by adopting and implementing rigorous curriculum standards, therefore we need to do a better job of preparing our educator workforce to help students reach these new higher standards,”said Gene Wilhoit, CCSSO Executive Director.  “CCSSO applauds these states for stepping up and committing to taking real action on educator preparation standards that are most appropriate for their state.”

“As state chiefs, we have a responsibility to promote and support the development of highly effective teachers and school leaders,” Idaho Superintendent of Public Instruction and Task Force Co-Chair Tom Luna said.  “We recognize that higher expectations for students mean higher expectations for our teachers and principals, so we must do more in our states to ensure the development of effective educators.”

“State chiefs are leading on this effort to better prepare our educator workforce by working with governors, educator preparation programs, education associations and state boards of education, because this work cannot be done alone,” Kentucky Education Commissioner and Task Force Co-Chair Terry Holliday said.  “We need strong leadership, collaboration and political will to achieve the desired student outcomes.”

The task force is composed of current and former school chiefs with input from the National Governor’s Association and The National Association of State Boards of Education. An expert Advisory Group representing educator preparation, non-traditional programs, teacher unions and other organizations involved in the preparation of teachers and principals provided input on the Task Force’s recommendations.  A complete list of the members of the Task Force and the expert Advisory Group is here. Quotes of support for the work of the task force from CAEP, SHEEO, NEA, AFT and others can be found here.

The 25 states who have committed to advance recommendations contained in the report are: AR, CO, DE, ID, IL, IA, KS, KY, LA, MD, MA, ME, MI, MO, NE, NH, NC, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, VT, VA.

On Monday, December 17th CCSSO hosted a briefing on the task force report and state action on the recommendations. Thomas Luna, Idaho Superintendent of Public Instruction, Jason Glass, Iowa Director of Education, and Gene Wilhoit, CCSSO Executive Director participated in the briefing.  This event with be archived on CCSSO.org.

The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) is a nationwide, nonpartisan, and nonprofit membership organization.The only one of its kind to bring together the top education leaders from every state in the nation.

Advancing Recommendations to Improve Educator PreparationOur nation’s chief state school officers are committed to creating a public education system that prepares every child for lifelong learning, work, and citizenship. CCSSO’s promise is to lead chiefs and their organizations in this effort by focusing on those state-driven leverage points they are uniquely positioned to address-and increasing their capacity to produce students ready to succeed as productive members of society.

Through decisive leadership and collective state action, we are committed to delivering on this promise.