New Report Highlights Student Testing Concerns

A new report on student testing is a step forward, according to Connecticut teachers, but much more investigation and research must be done before policymakers can assure students and parents that Connecticut’s approach to student testing is effective and non-discriminatory. The Connecticut Mastery Examination Committee, empowered to investigate SBAC, delivered its interim report to the…

Teachers, Parents, and Superintendents Share SBAC Concerns with Mastery Examination Committee

Groups representing Connecticut teachers, parents, and superintendents shared their concerns regarding the SBAC test with members of the Mastery Examination Committee today. CEA, the Connecticut Parent Teacher Association (CT PTA), and the Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents (CAPSS) presented key survey findings including concerns with technology to the effects of overtesting and the time…

Identifying What’s Wrong, What’s Right About State Testing


The state’s Mastery Examination Committee heard about problems with SBAC from several education stakeholder groups Monday. The Connecticut State Department of Education, the Connecticut Association of Schools (CAS), and the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education (CABE) presented results of surveys they conducted earlier this year on reactions and feedback to SBAC administration. The findings…

CEA to Introduce New Teacher Evaluation Guidelines for PEAC Review

CEA is proposing significant, concrete improvements to Connecticut’s teacher evaluation guidelines based on new opportunity in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) that passed the U.S. Senate this morning. At today’s Performance Evaluation Advisory Council (PEAC) meeting in Hartford, CEA President Sheila Cohen and CEA Executive Director Mark Waxenberg, who represent teachers on the council,…

Congress Approves Historic Bill to Create Greater Opportunities for Students to Succeed

“We applaud Congress for getting the job done—passing the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)—and doing what is right for students, teachers, and public education,” said CEA President Sheila Cohen. “ESSA represents a new beginning for students who have suffered too long under Connecticut’s failed policies of top-down reform and a broken system where excessive test…

Corporate Program for Disadvantaged Children Under Fire

An experimental preschool program for low-income students, funded by Goldman Sachs, is drawing criticism. The program is geared toward helping underprivileged students in Utah, but it makes money for investors based on the number of “at-risk” students who avoid special education in kindergarten. While some are calling the program a success, reporter Nathaniel Popper’s article,…

CEA-R Fall Conference Expands Retirees’ Horizons

Expand your Horizons: Learn more. Travel more. Volunteer more. That was the theme of today’s CEA-Retired Fall Issues Conference at the Aqua Turf in Southington. More than 200 CEA-R members learned about new programs that can help them remain active, continue learning, and make a difference. “Teachers are lifelong learners, and today’s conference introduced retired…