Dianna Wentzell

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CT joins lobbying fray over new federal education rule

A classroom at DiLoreto Magnet Elementary School in New Britain

WASHINGTON – Connecticut has joined a lobbying effort to change how federal money for schools with large populations of poor or disadvantaged students is distributed. The new regulation would bar school districts from “supplanting” the money they give to schools with poor students with federal money aimed at “supplementing” local funding. Continue Reading →

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Tests show gains but about half of students still below grade level

A Bridgeport student takes a Smarter Balanced practice test.

About half of the 234,000 elementary and middle school students tested during the last school year were not at grade level in reading or math, state education officials announced Thursday. But a higher proportion of students were at grade level than in the previous year. Continue Reading →

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Teachers expected to get 1-year pass on linking ratings to tests

Education Commissioner Dianna Wentzell talks with the state panel that oversees teacher evaluations.

Student test scores will not be required to be factored in teacher evaluations next school year as planned, members of the state panel that oversees the teacher rating system voted Wednesday. The State Board of Education is expected to vote on this one-year delay at its April 6 meeting, and typically agrees with its advisory panel. Continue Reading →

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Evaluation — a dirty word to Connecticut teachers?

A classroom at DiLoreto Magnet Elementary School in New Britain

The state panel that developed Connecticut’s teacher evaluation system three years ago met Wednesday to find ways to instill confidence in its utility among the state’s teachers. The mission: ensure it is used to improve the profession and learning among students. Continue Reading →

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The charter debate: More schools, transparency and oversight?

Parents hoping to get their children into a charter school traveled to Hartford last week. Pictured are parents from Stamford Nefretiria Gross (Left) and Dorothy St-Louis with her son.

Legislators are grappling with whether to fund new charter schools in Bridgeport and Stamford, put a moratorium on new charters while existing schools are assessed, or demand more transparency and oversight in the wake of financial and management failures at a charter school in Hartford. Continue Reading →

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Op-Ed: School officials should not interfere with opting out of SBAC tests

Gov. Dannel Malloy, Interim Commissioner of Education Dianna Wentzell and all superintendents of schools should cease their obstruction of the rights of parents to decide whether to allow their children to sit for the SBAC test. Continue Reading →

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