SBAC Creates Barriers for High-Poverty Districts, Not a Valid Measure of Student Growth

New research showing that the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) test disproportionately disadvantages students and teachers in high-poverty districts was distributed to members of the state Mastery Examination Committee today. The study of 600 teachers, conducted by Abacus Associates for the Connecticut Education Association, underscores mounting concerns by legislators, educators, parents, and others about the…

Diversity in School is Key to Achieving Equity and Student Success

“Schools save lives and make a difference. School saved my life,” U.S. Education Secretary John King Jr., told more than 200 community members, parents, teachers, students, and policymakers gathered in Hartford today. King joined U.S. Senators Chris Murphy and Richard Blumenthal to draw attention to the need to increase diversity in schools to drive positive…

Delegates to the Representative Assembly Take Action on Key Issues

In an inspiring speech delivered to delegates to the CEA Representative Assembly (RA) this weekend, CEA President Sheila Cohen highlighted the need for the Association to help members connect the disconnect between their potential misconceptions about the union and the realities of the union’s mission, values, and accomplishments. Cohen said that CEA leaders regularly engage…

Retirees Converge on the State Capitol: Ask Legislators for their Support

“It’s important to talk to us and express your views.” That was the message Sen. Paul Formica gave to nearly 100 retired teachers who converged on the State Capitol today for Retired Teachers’ Lobby Day. The event, organized by CEA-Retired, AFT Connecticut, and the Association of Retired Teachers of Connecticut gave retirees the opportunity to…

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…