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And We Wonder Why We Can’t Have Nice Things? Fact Check On News Surrounding The Removal On Teacher Evaluations

Thursday afternoon while researching information on the state school board’s recent decision to permanently remove annual mastery exam data from teacher evaluations, I stumbled upon a Channel 12 News segment entitled: “State teachers to no longer be rated on test scores.” *Spoiler Alert:* That’s not a factual statement. State teachers have never been rated based… Continue reading And We Wonder Why We Can’t Have Nice Things? Fact Check On News Surrounding The Removal On Teacher Evaluations

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While All Eyes Are On The Budget Debate, PEAC Quietly Votes To Chip Away At Accountability

Ah, the Land of Steady Habits has done it again! The state’s Performance Evaluation Advisory Committee (PEAC),  tasked with advising the state on annual testing policy, once again, ignored Superior Court Judge Thomas Moukawsher’s ruling in CCJEF v. Rell,  in favor of shielding adults from consequences. On Wednesday morning, the committee, made up almost entirely… Continue reading While All Eyes Are On The Budget Debate, PEAC Quietly Votes To Chip Away At Accountability

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Education Bills To Watch: Rundown Of What’s Been Proposed By The State Legislature So Far

The General Assembly’s Education Committee met for the first time during the 2017 legislative session this afternoon. While, it’s bit early to tell what will happen this session, even at this juncture, there are already important education issues on the table. Here’s a quick rundown of a few education bills to watch in upcoming session:… Continue reading Education Bills To Watch: Rundown Of What’s Been Proposed By The State Legislature So Far

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State Advisory Council On Teacher Evaluations Ignores Groundbreaking Equity Ruling:  Votes To Continue Watered-Down Teacher Evaluations

I’m sure you’ve all heard of the quote: “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” It’s worth repeating for Connecticut’s Performance Evaluation Advisory Council (PEAC). A few months after Superior Court Judge Thomas Moukawsher called the state’s current teacher evaluation system “little more than cotton… Continue reading State Advisory Council On Teacher Evaluations Ignores Groundbreaking Equity Ruling:  Votes To Continue Watered-Down Teacher Evaluations

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CT Education Committee Choses Unions Over Children: Votes To Cut State Assessment from Teacher Evaluations

On Friday afternoon, the Connecticut General Assembly’s Education Committee voted 23-10 to push forward Senate Bill 380, which if passed, would ban the use of state assessments in teacher evaluations, including for schools currently using the assessment data. That would mean schools districts like New Haven, which has been using state exam data in evaluations… Continue reading CT Education Committee Choses Unions Over Children: Votes To Cut State Assessment from Teacher Evaluations

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State Education Leaders Pushing Off Linking Teacher Evaluations To State Exams Again – But At What Cost?

The Performance Evaluation Advisory Council (PEAC), the advisory council tasked with reviewing state assessments and evaluations, has decided to backslide on teacher accountability — again. Last Wednesday, PEAC voted 8-1 to recommend the state hold off on requiring districts to link state assessments with teacher evaluation until the 2017-2018 school year, according to the Connecticut… Continue reading State Education Leaders Pushing Off Linking Teacher Evaluations To State Exams Again – But At What Cost?

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Is Connecticut Education Association Already Gearing Up to Dismantle State Accountability System?

The fact that congress is nearing the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) after over a decade of stagnation should be uplifting news for education reform advocates. Unfortunately, in Connecticut, ‘should be’ are the operative words. The new version of ESEA, if passed by the Senate and signed into law by President… Continue reading Is Connecticut Education Association Already Gearing Up to Dismantle State Accountability System?

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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… Continue reading CAPSS Suddenly Decides They Are Against Accountability

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Bridgeport’s Teacher Evaluation System Revamp

On Tuesday the Bridgeport Board of Education’s Personnel Committee unanimously voted to recommend the approval of a revamped, more streamlined teacher evaluation system. The evaluation system unveiled on Tuesday by the district’s Teacher Evaluation Committee isn’t actually “new,” as Bridgeport was among the ten districts to pilot the state’s teacher evaluation system back in 2012.… Continue reading Bridgeport’s Teacher Evaluation System Revamp