What the United States’ Inordinately High Poverty Rate Means for Education

Teachers have been calling attention to the effects of poverty on students and the achievement gap for years. Now new analyses are offering new evidence of what educators have known all along—socioeconomic factors play a big role in children’s educational success, and international comparisons are often impacted. U.S. students do not, on average, score highly…

Help Connecticut’s Neediest Students this Holiday Season

Come together with your fellow educators and make a child’s holiday brighter by participating in the Holiday Bear Project, sponsored by CEA’s charitable organization, the Connecticut Education Foundation (CEF). The program matches needy public school students with sponsors who purchase gifts for the children who would otherwise receive none. The Holiday Bear Project has grown…

On New State Panel, CEA Pushes Ahead to Improve Testing Practices 

Over-testing students is a real thing across the U.S., according to Scott Norton, strategic initiative director for Standards, Assessment and Accountability at the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), who discussed the purpose of state and local assessment programs at Tuesday’s meeting of the new state Mastery Examination Committee. Norton called states “smart” that…

StoryCorps’ the Great Thanksgiving Listen Offers Special Opportunity for Social Studies Teachers & Students

Thanksgiving is a time for sharing stories and history for many families, and this year NPR’s StoryCorps wants to help students capture some of those stories. StoryCorps is working with teachers and middle and high school students across the country to preserve the voices and stories of an entire generation. Open to everyone, The Great Thanksgiving…