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…

CEA Releases Study of Alternative Evaluation Initiative

A teacher evaluation initiative, studied in new research released today, offers an alternative to using unreliable standardized test scores to evaluate students and teachers. This alternative holds educators more accountable and is supported by the new flexibility options for teacher evaluation, but contrasts sharply with the state evaluation model (SEED). Seeking a better way than…

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…