High School Assessment Working Group Votes Unanimously to Eliminate SBAC for 11th Graders

Connecticut’s High School Assessment Working Group late yesterday afternoon voted unanimously to eliminate the 11th grade Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) test, and restore precious teaching and learning time for students. CEA Executive Director Mark Waxenberg, who represents the Association on the working group said, “This is a positive step forward. It will restore much needed…

Time and Resources Continue as Themes at Common Core Task Force Meeting

“Time has been the most significant challenge,” Litchfield Superintendent Deborah Wheeler, told the State Common Core Implementation Task Force. “It’s been a lot of decision making in a short amount of time, which has been very stressful.” Wheeler was one of the presenters, who also included assistant superintendents from Stamford, at the task force’s meeting yesterday…

Norwich Administrators Stress the Importance of Time and Money in Common Core Implementation

This year it has cost the Norwich Public Schools approximately $1.5 million to implement the Common Core State Standards (CSSS) in the city’s K-8 system. This money has come from state funds Norwich has received as an Alliance School District and from other grants, according to Joe Stefon, Norwich’s curriculum and instruction director. He presented…

Common Core Implementation Task Force Takes First Steps

Common Core and the challenges districts are facing when it comes to implementation continue to be in the spotlight here in Connecticut. Yesterday the state’s Common Core Task Force, charged with making recommendations for improving the quality and consistency of Common Core implementation efforts, met for the first time in Middletown — taking a first step…

Teachers Tell Education Committee About Common Core, Teacher Evaluation Concerns

Educators around the state have been facing a challenging year due to the botched implementation of Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and the challenges related to simultaneously implementing a new teacher evaluation system. Last night some educators had a chance to make their voices heard on these issues at a hearing of the legislature’s Education…

No Time to Waste: CEA Urges Action to Address Botched CCSS Rollout

Saying time is of the essence, CEA today urged the new Connecticut Common Core State Standards (CCSS) Working Group* to convene immediately with teachers playing a central role in addressing the botched implementation of the CCSS in Connecticut classrooms. “Our students can’t afford to wait. There’s no redo for them when precious teaching and learning…