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Yesterday we met with middle schoolers from New Haven Public Schools to share with them the importance of a secondary education.

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State likely to slow new teacher evaluation system | The Connecticut Mirror

State likely to slow new teacher evaluation system | The Connecticut Mirror | Connecticut Teachers | Scoop.it
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Connecticut may delay roll out of eval plan. Pryor calls system, "Sound." Hard to call an evaluation sound when the tests are not even out yet.

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New Vo-Tech School Plans 2013 Launch | New Haven Independent

New Vo-Tech School Plans 2013 Launch  |  New Haven Independent | Connecticut Teachers | Scoop.it
In the fall of next year, 120 city high school kids will report to a new Long Wharf campus to earn college credits and prepare for biotech and culinary jobs,...
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New London gets a special master - Education Matters - Connecticut News

New London gets a special master

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Advisory Council Sends Teacher Evaluation Guidelines To State Education Board

Advisory Council Sends Teacher Evaluation Guidelines To State Education Board | Connecticut Teachers | Scoop.it
Despite some members' reservations, a state advisory council agreed Thursday on guidelines for the evaluation of teachers and principals and planned to forward those guidelines to the state Board of Education.
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Teacher evaluations: Proposal mixes standardized tests, unannounced visits and surveys | The Connecticut Mirror

Teacher evaluations: Proposal mixes standardized tests, unannounced visits and surveys | The Connecticut Mirror | Connecticut Teachers | Scoop.it

Teacher evaluations: Proposal mixes standardized tests, unannounced visits and surveys

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Digitally Literate: IT&DML program overview and goals

As we creep closer to the start of the Instructional Technology & Digital Media Literacy (IT&DML) program, I wanted to share more details from the planning and scaling up of the program.

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Southern Connecticut State University College & Career Readiness Conference

PARTNERSHIPS FOR COLLEGE AND CAREER READINESS:
THE TIME IS NOW

Sponsored by:

SOUTHERN CONNECTICUT STATE UNIVERSITY
AND
BOARD OF REGENTS FOR HIGHER EDUCATION

Friday, June 15, 2012
8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Southern Connecticut State University
Adanti Student Center

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Nation’s “Leading School Takeover Expert” Calls Connecticut Mastery Test “Not Very Helpful”

We have had a decade of accountabilty based edreform under NCLB? Nothing changed. Yet under RTTT we double down?

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Education Secretary Arne Duncan discusses school reform at New Haven roundtable; Connecticut approved for No Child Left Behind waiver (video)

Education Secretary Arne Duncan discusses school reform at New Haven roundtable; Connecticut approved for No Child Left Behind waiver (video) | Connecticut Teachers | Scoop.it
The New Haven Register is your source for all New Haven 24-hour breaking news, local news, sports, entertainment and more. View daily weather updates, watch videos and photos. Keep up with New Haven's News and New Haven local Sports.
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City Schools Will Seek $15-$25M "Race" Jackpot | New Haven Independent

City Schools Will Seek $15-$25M "Race" Jackpot  |  New Haven Independent | Connecticut Teachers | Scoop.it
After striking out three times on President Obama's signature competitive education grants, "we've finally got one we may hit."...
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City Schools Will Seek $15-$25M "Race" Jackpot | New Haven Independent

City Schools Will Seek $15-$25M "Race" Jackpot  |  New Haven Independent | Connecticut Teachers | Scoop.it
After striking out three times on President Obama's signature competitive education grants, "we've finally got one we may hit."...
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Education Advocates Say Appropriations Budget Would Cripple Reforms

Advocates for education reform say the budget put forward by the General Assembly's appropriations committee last week slashes key elements of the state's school improvement efforts.
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Budget crisis affecting how dollars are spend for new teacher evaluation bill. 

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At Charter School, It's Achievement First And Foremost

At Charter School, It's Achievement First And Foremost | Connecticut Teachers | Scoop.it
Even the task of passing around papers is regimented in Adrian Mercado's classroom.
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New teacher evaluations linked to student outcomes approved | The Connecticut Mirror

New teacher evaluations linked to student outcomes approved | The Connecticut Mirror | Connecticut Teachers | Scoop.it

I support connecting teacher evaluation to promotion and tenure but I do worry about the math.

 

Let us ignore the fact that VAM may not actually work. Let us ignore the fact that the tests were never designed to look at teacher level effects.

 

We now have the CMTs and CAPT but states are transfering the Common Core. So we have a test that does not measure the curriculum teachers are required to teach. We also have a curriculum no teacher has ever used.

 

Then the CMT/CAPT will be replaced. So I have been asking how do you do the statistics with two different outcome measures? I don't think you can. In fact it takes years of longitudinal data for VAM to work. What will happen once we drop the CMT/CAPT?

 

I am glad for the pilot year. I think we will find that the math behind the 22.5% (I feel better about the additional standardized tests) is quite fuzzy.

 

The State Board of Education Wednesday approved teacher evaluation requirements that pave the way for up to a third of a teacher's grade to be linked to how his or her students perform on standardized tests.

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Thank You, Gov. Malloy!

Connecticut passed historic education reforms this year. Connecticut's kids say "thank you!" to Governor Malloy.
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Former Candidate For Hartford Superintendent's Job To Join CREC

Former Candidate For Hartford Superintendent's Job To Join CREC | Connecticut Teachers | Scoop.it
A respected city principal and one-time candidate for the superintendent's job is expected to leave the school system soon for a high-ranking post with the Capitol Region Education Council.
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Deborah Kenny: Why Charter Schools Work

Deborah Kenny: Why Charter Schools Work | Connecticut Teachers | Scoop.it
In The Wall Street Journal, Deborah Kenny of Harlem Village Academies writes that accountability for results and freedom from union rules attract the best teachers into the profession.
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Which states screw the largest share of low income children? Another look at funding fairness

Which states screw the largest share of low income children? Another look at funding fairness | Connecticut Teachers | Scoop.it
Here’s a little Friday afternoon fun with the updated Census Fiscal Survey data through 2009-2010. I’ve written recently about the national school funding fairness report card, which I ...
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New School Ranking, a.k.a. Poverty Index | Rick Green

New School Ranking, a.k.a. Poverty Index | Rick Green | Connecticut Teachers | Scoop.it

This new state Department of Education ranking will be used to divy up $39.5 million in special funding for needy school districts. We will be hearing a lot about the District Performance Index (DPI), which is based on a school system’s scores from the Connecticut Mastery Tests.

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Technocratic Groupthink Inflates the Testing Bubble

Technocratic Groupthink Inflates the Testing Bubble | Connecticut Teachers | Scoop.it
Anthony Cody spent 24 years working in Oakland schools, 18 of them as a science teacher at a high needs middle school. He is National Board certified, and now leads workshops with teachers focused on Project Based Learning.
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A Summer Without Reading is Dangerous to a Student's Future: Discover Contemporary, Grade-Appropriate, Fun Books for 2nd Graders

Students who don't read during the summer are in danger of falling behind on reading scores. The recent education reform, the Common Core State Standards, also requires kids read harder books at an earlier age.
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Teachers Do The Talking | New Haven Independent

Teachers Do The Talking  |  New Haven Independent | Connecticut Teachers | Scoop.it
When Obama's top school official came to a city turnaround school, he popped a question: How do we get more Tamara Raifords "clamoring" to teach in low-performing schools?
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Change of plans. Meetings creating teacher evaluations will be public. | The Connecticut Mirror

Change of plans. Meetings creating teacher evaluations will be public. | The Connecticut Mirror | Connecticut Teachers | Scoop.it

After holding numerous meetings behind closed doors to finalize details on how teachers and principals will be graded, the State Department of Education has said the public and the media can attend the sessions from now on.

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