June 2014

CCSS Task Force Heads into Home Stretch

Working on recommendations to improve implementation

Common Core and the challenges districts are facing when it comes to implementation continue to be in the spotlight. The state's Educators' Common Core Implementation Task Force, charged with making recommendations for improving the quality and consistency of Common Core implementation efforts, has been meeting for several months now and is currently working on recommendations it will present to the governor's office by the end of June.

On May 28, the task force held its ninth meeting. Nate Quesnel, co-chair of the task force and superintendent of the East Hartford public schools, told members of the task force, "We are in the home stretch." Asked how the task force recommendations are going to be presented to the public, Quesnel responded that he and his co-chair "are still working on that. We are talking to the commissioner's office and the governor's office."

The task force, made up of teachers, administrators, parents, board of education members, and State Department of Education officials, has been hearing best practices from several districts across the state in an effort to create recommendations that will make Common Core implementation consistently successful for Connecticut students.

On May 21, members of the task force heard from Mark Watts of Abacus Associates, who shared the results of a survey of 600 CEA and AFT members who are responsible for implementing the CCSS in their schools.

The survey found that "the issues teachers have with implementing CCSS are both broad and deep." Educators are most concerned about the amount of time, support and materials, and professional learning and training opportunities available to them.

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