Commissioner Driscoll Elected President of National Commissioner's Association- Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
For Immediate Release
Monday, November 10, 2003
Contact:Heidi B. Perlman 781-338-3106 or Kim Beck 781-338-3105

Commissioner Driscoll Elected President of National Commissioner's Association

MALDEN - Education Commissioner David P. Driscoll has been voted President-Elect of the Council of Chief State School Officers, and will serve as president during the 2004-2005 school year, his 40th in education.

The election was held in Indiana on Saturday, during the CCSSO’s annual meeting.

As president-elect, Commissioner Driscoll will spend the next year working closely with incoming president Ted Stillwell of Iowa, and outgoing president Michael Ward of North Carolina. As president he will lead the national association.

He plans to continue in his role as Commissioner in Massachusetts throughout his tenure.

“Throughout my career I’ve always valued the opportunity to interact with colleagues from around the community, the state and the nation,” he said. “The support and knowledge they have offered has always been a tremendous help in my classroom, my district, and my state. I am proud to know that my 40th year in education will be spent working with them all.”

Driscoll was appointed the state’s 22nd Commissioner by the Board of Education in 1999. While in that role he has overseen the creation and implementation of the state’s MCAS exam and graduation requirement, as well as the development of the school and district accountability system. Under his leadership Massachusetts’ No Child Left Behind accountability system was one of the first five in the nation to be approved.

A former mathematics teacher, he became Assistant Superintendent in Melrose in 1972, and Superintendent in 1984. In 1993 he was appointed Deputy Commissioner of Education, and was appointed interim Commissioner in 1998.

A graduate of Boston College, Driscoll is a Melrose resident. He is the youngest of 10 children and has four children of his own.

Last Updated: November 10, 2003

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