October 2015

CEA Listening Tour

Teachers at the forefront of fixing Connecticut's flawed testing system

Members of the new Mastery Examination Committee, created by the legislature to examine student assessment, began meeting for the first time on Sept. 22 in Hartford.

Educator Marcia Ferreira, a Windsor literacy coach, and Donald Williams, CEA's director of Policy, Research and Reform, are CEA's representatives on the committee.

"We know the best way to assess students is to review their ongoing work rather than focus on a limited snapshot from a high-stakes, standardized test," Ferreira said.

CEA has raised strong concerns about the reliability and validity of SBAC, a lengthy computerized test, and plans to share educator's concerns, challenges, and suggestions to improve the system with the committee members.

Williams and Ferreira are seeking teacher input. They will attend upcoming CEA County Forums across the state, asking educators their opinions about ways to fix Connecticut's flawed testing system that has SBAC as its centerpiece.

Plan to attend a County Forum meeting in your area.

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October 5 Hartford Maneeley's
65 Rye Street, South Windsor
October 8 Litchfield Crystal Peak
164 Torrington Road, Winchester
October 13 Tolland Georgina's
299 Boston Turnpike, Bolton
October 14 Middlesex Campagna's Ristorante
151 Marlborough St, Portland
October 15 New Haven Cascades
480 Sherman Avenue, Hamden
October 26 Fairfield Testo's Restaurant
1775 Madison Ave, Bridgeport
October 27 New London Holiday Inn
10 Laura Blvd, Norwich
October 28 Windham The Inn at Woodstock, 94 Plane Hill Rd, Woodstock

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