Officials consider unlinking student test scores, teacher evaluations

A social studies class at East Hartford Middle School

When Gov. Dannel P. Malloy proclaimed 2012 as "The Year of Education Reform," superintendents, teachers union leaders and school board members joined forces to  tie teacher evaluations to test scores and student and parent surveys. But the results of the evaluations have been shrouded in secrecy ever since, and now key supporters say the system has some serious shortcomings. On Thursday, during a meeting at the State Department of Education, officials will consider scrapping parts of the system. Some of the evaluation program's shortcomings  surfaced recently  when the Attorney General's Office offered the results of evaluations from the last two years as evidence in the ongoing trial challenging the adequacy of the state's school funding. The evaluation data were introduced as proof that the state's chronically failing schools are overwhelmingly filled with great teachers. Continue Reading →

A quick guide to the 2016 Connecticut General Assembly

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It's opening day of the Connecticut General Assembly's three-month session. If you can't tell the players without a program, if you want a little history of an institution that has dramatically changed in the past 50 years, this is your quick guide to the session – with links to bios and contact information on every lawmaker and constitutional officer. Play ball. Continue Reading →