March 7, 2014
by Christine Stuart | March 7, 2014 5:30am
March 6, 2014
by Sarah Darer Littman | March 6, 2014 11:07pm
One of the oft-stated goals of education reform is to ensure that students are “college and career ready.” Like “excellence,” it’s probably one of the most over-used phrases in the education reform movement.
But as I’ve asked before, what does this phrase really mean? Do our policy makers even know? Judging by their actions of late, I’m starting to think they don’t.
On March 18, the window opens for field tests of the new Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, the computer-based adaptive test that will go live next year to replace the Connecticut Mastery Test (CMT) and Connecticut Academic Performance Test (CAPT).
Tags: SBAC testing, CCSS, Common Core, dh
March 5, 2014
by Barth Keck | March 5, 2014 5:30am
February 27, 2014
by Hugh McQuaid | February 27, 2014 5:33pm
February 26, 2014
by Hugh McQuaid & Christine Stuart | February 26, 2014 12:40pm
House Republicans swooped in Wednesday after a press conference where teacher union officials called the implementation of Common Core State Standards “botched,” to announced they’d managed to force a public hearing on legislation to delay the standards.
Tags: Teachers, common core, larry cafero, house republicans
February 21, 2014
by Barth Keck | February 21, 2014 8:01am
by Sarah Darer Littman | February 21, 2014 7:05am
If the window of government transparency in Connecticut has become foggy lately, in Bridgeport it’s turned into a funhouse mirror.
The latest to come from Mayor Bill Finch’s Carnival of Corruption was a vote Thursday evening to proceed with phase one of a deal to build a new Harding High School on 17.2 acres of a 78-acre brownfield site on Boston Avenue, currently owned by General Electric. This would enable Finch and his allies to sell the current Harding High site to Bridgeport Hospital.
According to federal law, a brownfield site refers to “real property, the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant.”
The aforementioned brownfield site is, according to a piece in the CT Post, “contaminated with lead, arsenic, petroleum hydrocarbons and volatile compounds.”
February 17, 2014
by Christine Stuart | February 17, 2014 4:22pm
U.S. Marine Corporal Sgt. Greg Caron lost both his legs below the knee on Nov. 12, 2011, to a roadside bomb in Afghanistan. Just nine months later, he was at Walter Reed National Military Veterans Center learning how to walk again.
February 14, 2014
by Suzanne Bates | February 14, 2014 5:30am
When we lay blame for what’s wrong with education we talk about “failing schools” and “bad teachers,” but we have not paid enough attention to the actual children who are failing to pass classes and who are not getting an adequate education. How do we help them?
Tags: education, preschool, op, opinion, common core, teacher evaluation, budget, Suzanne Bates, dh
February 12, 2014
by Hugh McQuaid | February 12, 2014 2:47pm
Calling his recently announced higher education investments a good first step, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said Wednesday he’s committed to additional funding increases even as he nears the end of his current term as governor.