Standardized Tests and the Future of No Child Left Behind

The debate over mandated standardized testing took center stage today as the Republican-controlled 114th Congress gets ready to make its mark on education policy. At issue is the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) and whether the nation’s education law should include a requirement that states annually test their students. ESEA reauthorization…

Wallingford Educator Brings Experience in China Back to His Classroom

How can educators infuse global competency in daily lessons? Wallingford teacher Chris Stone, one of only five recipients nation-wide of the Horace Mann Award for Teaching Excellence, participated in a year-long NEA Foundation fellowship program focused on just that. The fellowship program, which included a trip to China, Stone described as, “the most meaningful professional…

Interim State Commissioner of Education Chosen

Dianna Roberge-Wentzell, chief academic officer for the state Department of Education, will be named interim commissioner of education at the state Board of Education’s meeting this Wednesday. The statement below is from CEA President Sheila Cohen on Roberge-Wentzell’s appointment. We look forward to working with Dr. Dianna Roberge-Wentzell as the interim state education commissioner. CEA…

Nominations Open for Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics & Science Teaching

Would you or a colleague like to be recognized for your outstanding contributions as a teacher of math or science? Since 1983, more than 4,300 teachers have been recognized for their contributions in the classroom and to their profession. You and/or your colleagues can be part of this year’s presidential awards. Visit the Presidential Awards…

State Receives Federal Dollars to Expand Pre-K

Connecticut is another step further along the path toward universal preschool thanks to a grant from the federal government. The state has been awarded $12.5 million toward expanding high-quality preschool programs in targeted communities next year. Policymakers are increasingly recognizing the importance of high-quality pre-K. Last spring state lawmakers approved legislation to create more than…