CAPSS Suddenly Decides They Are Against Accountability

It looks like Connecticut Education Association (CEA) isn’t the only one making an about-face on accountability.

A few days ago, the Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents (CAPSS) announced in a Connecticut Viewpoints op-ed that they want to “radically overhaul” the state’s testing system – a system CAPSS was directly involved in developing.

CAPSS Executive Director Joseph Cirasuolo accuses the state of misusing test results by using them to “determine whether school districts, educators, schools and children are successful.”

Meanwhile, Cirasuolo is a member of the Performance Evaluation Advisory Council (PEAC) that, according to CAPSS’ own website, helped develop the “core requirements” for the state teacher and administrator evaluation system.

Not to mention that only last year CAPSS issued a statement that said:

“Student achievement growth is critical, and should be the primary factor, but should be considered along with several important criteria for determining whether a school or district is serving children well.”

If that wasn’t enough, let’s not forget that what Cirasuolo is arguing against something that has not even happened yet.

The state has not required school districts to use test scores in evaluations – and won’t until the 2016-2017 school year.

Essentially, Cirasuolo is seeking “radical overhaul” of a system he helped developed, before it’s even be implemented.

It’s clear he’s playing the same games as the CEA: Profess your support of accountability, and then oppose accountability when it’s convenient.



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