Student Performance Testing

US Education Chief's Remarks on Testing are a "Good Step, If Not Just Words"

Washington, D.C. - Today in a back-to-school event that included a panel with teachers who are members of AFT-affiliated unions, U.S. Secretary of Arne Duncan thanked educators for their dedication. He also formally announced that states can take an extra year before they have to integrate test scores into their teacher evaluation systems - action that AFT President Randi Weingarten called for more than a year ago.
 

Resolved to Improve Common Core Implementation

AFT Connecticut last month participated in the release of the recommendations by the Educators’ Common Core Implementation Task Force that the Malloy-Wyman Administration established in March. Both the governor and lieutenant governor joined us and announced the launch of the "Connecticut Core Initiative" to immediately begin putting the working group's proposals to work.
 
Delegates to the AFT national convention three weeks later passed a resolution in support of the promise and potential of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) while criticizing inadequate implementation efforts. 
 

Donna Brazile Announces "Democrats for Public Education" at AFT Convention

Los Angeles - Addressing more than 3,500 members of the AFT at its national convention, Democratic strategist Donna Brazile announced the formation of a new group that she will co-chair called Democrats for Public Education, which will focus on uniting the vast majority of Democrats, who believe in the promise of public education.
 
Click here to watch Brazile's convention speech.
 

An End of the Year "Report Card" for Our Union

Summer is nearly here, and for our member educators the 2013-14 school year is coming to a close. We would like to wish all of you a restful and enjoyable summer. You have certainly earned it! And if you are retired, congratulations -- and, again, thank you for your years of service.
 
The elected leadership of AFT Connecticut knows that this has been a difficult year for educators. Teacher Evaluations (TEVAL), the Student Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC), and Common Core State Standards (CCSS) implementation have certainly added to your frustrations.
 

Comments on U.S. DOE Extension of NCLB Waivers Without Teacher Evaluations

Statement of AFT President Randi Weingarten on the U.S. Department of Education's announcement to extend No Child Left Behind (NCLB) waivers without teacher evaluations:
 
 

Pearson: Lift Gag Order on Testing, Meet with Stakeholders

Washington - In conjunction with the annual Pearson shareholder meeting in London, AFT President Randi Weingarten today released a letter sent to Pearson executives, board members and shareholders calling on the corporation to remove "gag orders" preventing educators from expressing concerns about Pearson-developed tests and to meet with educators, parents and other stakeholders to address their concerns regarding these tests. Pearson is the largest testing company in the world and derives 57 percent of its profits from the U.S.
 
Click here to sign AFT's petition to Pearson.
 

Comments on Recommended Changes to CT Educator Evaluation Guidelines

Melodie Peters, president of AFT Connecticut, made the following remarks on the unanimous proposal today by the Performance Evaluation Advisory Council (PEAC) to recommend revisions to the Connecticut Guidelines for Educator Evaluation:
 

Comments on Creation of Task Force with Classroom Educators to Review Common Core

Melodie Peters, president of AFT Connecticut, made the following remarks on the executive order signed today by Governor Dannel P. Malloy creating the Educators' Common Core Implementation Taskforce to review and make recommendations on improving implementation of new teaching standards:
 

Comments on Legislators' Petition to Raise Education Bills

Melodie Peters, president of AFT Connecticut, made the following remarks on the petition today by the Republican Caucus of the General Assembly's House of Representatives to raise bills that address implementation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and the state's new teacher evaluation program:
 
 

Comments on CT's Teacher Evaluation Pilot Program Study by UConn Neag School

Melodie Peters, president of AFT Connecticut, made the following remarks on the release today of the report by UConn’s Neag School of Education on implementation of SEED, Connecticut’s model educator evaluation and support system, in 10 pilot districts during the 2012-13 academic school year:
 
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