Chris Minnich
Executive Director


  • Accountability
  • Assessment
  • Educational standards

Chris Minnich is the executive director of the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO). Since taking that position in 2012, Minnich has ushered in a new strategic plan in which CCSSO is committed to making sure all students in the public education system – regardless of background – graduate prepared for college, careers and life. CCSSO has worked with states to raise the bar on standards, assessments and accountability, transform educator preparation programs, design new approaches to teaching and learning, and implement and sustain promising reforms across the country. When Minnich first joined CCSSO in 2008, he facilitated the state-led Common Core State Standards Initiative and then worked as the senior membership director. Minnich has an extensive background in assessment and accountability efforts, working to improve assessments for educators in both the public and private sectors. He was the director of test design and implementation for the Oregon Department of Education from 2003 to 2005.