Announcement on education reform

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH)– Wednesday, the state made a major announcement when it comes to education reform.

Following complaints from teachers that things were moving too fast, the state has decided to put the brakes on plans to base teacher evaluations on new student tests.

News 8 was at a news conference in Hartford, Wednesday morning.

For a while now, teachers and their unions have said that basing performance evaluations on new student testing still being developed and unproven is too much to try to implement this year.

Governor Malloy agreed.

“There was a lot of concern about using a new test that actually would not have been repeated…there wouldn’t be numbers of years of data as a portion of that evaluation,” said Gov. Dannel Malloy, (D) Connecticut.

“We have children who are being assessed on standards and on curriculum that has not yet been developed and to further exasperate that situation; teachers are then being evaluated on the scores of the tests which are in and of themselves, invalid,” said Sheila Cohen, CT Education Assoc. Union.

This all still needs federal approval.


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