Dianna Wentzell

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Education Commissioner Wentzell: ‘Our English learners need more support’

“The efforts around English learners are one of our most important priorities,” says state education Commissioner Dianna Wentzell said. “… Our English learners need more support than they are currently getting, and we know that because of our data.” The Mirror sat down recently with Wentzell to speak about the state’s approach to providing that support. Continue Reading →

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CT scraps using state test scores to compute teacher ratings

State education board Chairman Allan B. Taylor and Education Commissioner Dianna Wentzell both praised the action as an important clarification of the role state tests should play: a goal-setting tool for teachers, not part of a formula for rating an individual teacher’s effectiveness in the classroom. State teacher unions had fought using the state tests as part of teacher evaluations for years. Continue Reading →

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CT joins lobbying fray over new federal education rule

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

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

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?

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?

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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