Education Committee Puts Children Before Politics—Takes Big Step Toward Decoupling SBAC from Teacher Evaluation

Teachers across the state are applauding the legislature’s Education Committee today for putting children before politics and moving the SBAC/teacher evaluation debate forward. The Committee voted to send SB 380—the bill that would decouple SBAC scores from teacher evaluations—to the Senate. CEA President Sheila Cohen said the vote shows that legislators want a greater focus…

Education Researchers Push to Ban SBAC

More and more voices are joining the chorus calling for an end to invalid, high-stakes, standardized assessments. Researchers at prestigious California universities are speaking out and raising questions about the validity and fairness of SBAC similar to those voiced by Connecticut teachers. The California Alliance of Researchers for Equity in Education, made up of 115…

Growth Over Time on SBAC—A False Promise for Students Not at Grade Level

“Teachers are all for accountability that’s going to be valid,” Bridgeport math teacher Mia Dimbo told reporters and legislators this morning. “We want to be accountable with something that really measures our success.” Dimbo and other members of CEA’s Ethnic Minority Affairs Commission came to Hartford today to share their perspectives on bills to decouple…

CEA Standing Up for Student, Parent, and Teacher Rights

“This bill is essentially a hostile takeover of Network Schools—it’s incredibly anti-democratic,” CEA Director of Policy, Research, and Reform Donald Williams told legislators yesterday, saying that CEA strongly opposes Senate Bill 5551. While debate on a CEA proposed bill to undo the link between SBAC and teachers’ evaluations received the lion’s share of testimony at…

CEA Urges Legislators to End Link Between Teacher Evaluation and SBAC Scores

“Nowhere in research does it say that the results of a single standardized test score measure the effectiveness of a teacher,” CEA President Sheila Cohen told legislators this evening. Cohen and Executive Director Mark Waxenberg expressed teachers’ support for SB 380 An Act Concerning the Exclusion of Student Performance Results on the Mastery Examination from Teacher…

Legislators Urged to Strengthen Student Data Privacy Protections

“Connecticut is among a small minority of states that have yet to enact legislation pertaining to the protection and use of student data, leaving our children and families inadequately protected,” Jenn Jacobsen, director of the Connecticut Alliance for Privacy in Education (CAPE), told legislators this week. Jacobsen and other CAPE members testified at a public…

CEA Backing Legislation to Help Teachers Bearing Burden of Unsubstantiated Allegations

It can be shockingly easy for an upstanding educator to face unfounded accusations that require an investigation by the Department of Children and Families (DCF). As the law now stands, even when educators are cleared of all wrongdoing they still face the stigma of being labeled “alleged perpetrators.” CEA attorney Chris Hankins spoke out on behalf of…