testing http://wnpr.org en An Education Reporter Puts Himself To The (Standardized) Test http://wnpr.org/post/education-reporter-puts-himself-standardized-test What are the two most feared — most reviled — words in the English language?<p>"Tax day," maybe? Or "traffic jam"?<p>"Pink slip" still connotes an awful brand of helplessness, even though, I assume, most Americans who get pink-slipped these days never see a pink slip.<p>No, my vote is for "standardized test."<p>That's right. You felt it, didn't you? Shivers up the spine. The stab of a No. 2 pencil. And oh! Those monstrous, monotonous bubbles. Wed, 09 Apr 2014 11:34:00 +0000 editor 19826 at http://wnpr.org An Education Reporter Puts Himself To The (Standardized) Test Indiana Repeals Common Core, Connecticut Charges Ahead http://wnpr.org/post/indiana-repeals-common-core-connecticut-charges-ahead <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This week, </span><a href="http://in.chalkbeat.org/2014/03/24/pence-signs-bill-voiding-indianas-common-core-adoption/" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">the governor of Indiana signed a bill</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> that would repeal the implementation of the Common Core educational standards. Although there are widespread concerns about Common Core in Connecticut, state officials continue to move ahead, but at a slower pace than originally intended.</span></p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 13:03:46 +0000 Tucker Ives 19131 at http://wnpr.org Indiana Repeals Common Core, Connecticut Charges Ahead The Wheelhouse: Legislative Deadlines, Money In Politics, and Common Core http://wnpr.org/post/wheelhouse-legislative-deadlines-money-politics-and-common-core <p>Key deadlines are coming up for some proposed legislation at the state capitol and some have already passed. On our weekly news roundtable The Wheelhouse, we talk about what bills may or may not make it out of committee.</p><p>We also discuss the role of money in this year’s statewide elections. Common Core remains in the national headlines, with Indiana actually dropping the standards.</p><p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 13:00:00 +0000 John Dankosky, Tucker Ives, Catie Talarski & Lydia Brown 19011 at http://wnpr.org The Wheelhouse: Legislative Deadlines, Money In Politics, and Common Core Education Officials Urge State Lawmakers to Roll Out Common Core Standards http://wnpr.org/post/education-officials-urge-state-lawmakers-roll-out-common-core-standards <p>Despite complaints from teachers across Connecticut about the rollout of new education standards and guidelines, education officials are urging state lawmakers to oppose efforts to stop it.</p><p> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 13:37:19 +0000 Associated Press 18361 at http://wnpr.org Education Officials Urge State Lawmakers to Roll Out Common Core Standards What It's Like to Be a Teacher in Connecticut Today http://wnpr.org/post/what-its-be-teacher-connecticut-today <p>Why do teachers want to teach? In the era of education reform, teacher evaluations, and standardized testing, it's a question that some teachers are asking themselves.</p><p>Last week, <a href="http://wnpr.org/post/where-we-teach-conversation-connecticuts-teachers" target="_blank">WNPR's&nbsp;<em>Where We Live</em> hosted an evening panel discussion with teachers from across the state</a> in order to accommodate their schedules which don't line up with a live morning call-in show.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">We invited educators to join us in the audience and t</span>here was a general sentiment of openness to new evaluation methods and ways of measuring performance. But they also expressed a desire to balance it with support from administrators. The teachers on the panel said they are interested in getting better at teaching, and so they want feedback and support, not a stern visit that comes with a score and an up or down vote.</p><p> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 19:42:44 +0000 Tucker Ives 17874 at http://wnpr.org What It's Like to Be a Teacher in Connecticut Today Minimum Wage Increase Proposed; Delay in Common Core Standards http://wnpr.org/post/minimum-wage-increase-proposed-delay-common-core-standards <p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/eoCQV_rSokM" width="560"></iframe></p><p>The day before the legislative session begins, Governor&nbsp;Dannel &nbsp;Malloy proposed on Tuesday that the legislature raise the stage minimum wage to $10.10 per hour. Malloy signed legislation that raised the minimum wage to $8.70 on January 1, and will raise it to $9.00 January 1, 2015.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 22:39:32 +0000 Teri McCready 16462 at http://wnpr.org Evaluating Common Core http://wnpr.org/post/evaluating-common-core <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">After mounting complaints from teachers, </span><a href="http://ctmirror.org/changes-to-teacher-evaluation-process-depend-on-federal-approval/" style="line-height: 1.5;">officials recently announced the state plans to delay</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> the implementation of teacher evaluations. Meanwhile, other lawmakers are calling for a re-examination of the Common Core standards. Two years after Connecticut approved sweeping education legislation, we'll check-in on the implementation and receive an update on Common Core in the state.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Tucker Ives, John Dankosky, Lydia Brown & Catie Talarski 16399 at http://wnpr.org Evaluating Common Core Investigators Confirm Test Tampering at Hartford School http://wnpr.org/post/investigators-confirm-test-tampering-hartford-school <p>An investigation has confirmed test tampering at a Hartford elementary school.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.courant.com/media/acrobat/2013-11/237815820-06150945.pdf" style="line-height: 1.5;">In a report submitted this week to state education officials</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> by an outside law firm, investigators concluded there were irregularities in more than two dozen Connecticut Mastery Tests at the Early Reading Lab at </span>Betances<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Elementary School. The report was obtained by <em>The Hartford Courant</em>.</span></p><p> Thu, 07 Nov 2013 13:49:59 +0000 Diane Orson 10860 at http://wnpr.org Investigators Confirm Test Tampering at Hartford School Rise in Connecticut Public School Students Who Took the SAT http://wnpr.org/post/rise-connecticut-public-school-students-who-took-sat <p>More Connecticut public school students took the SAT college entrance exams this year than last year. It was a more diverse group than ever, according to the State Department of Education.</p><p> Fri, 27 Sep 2013 13:48:56 +0000 Diane Orson 5673 at http://wnpr.org Rise in Connecticut Public School Students Who Took the SAT Back to School: Common Core, Bilingual Education, and School Safety http://wnpr.org/post/back-school-common-core-bilingual-education-and-school-safety <p>http://cptv.vo.llnwd.net/o2/ypmwebcontent/Catie/Where%20We%20Live%2008-27-2013.mp3</p><p></p><p dir="ltr">Students across the state are heading back to school this week &ndash; and they&rsquo;ll be seeing a lot of changes. &nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">The common core state standards are taking effect and changing the way teachers teach and students take tests.</span></p> Tue, 27 Aug 2013 15:04:14 +0000 John Dankosky 3887 at http://wnpr.org Differing Takes On Test Scores In Hartford http://wnpr.org/post/differing-takes-test-scores-hartford <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In Hartford, school district officials say test scores held firm and showed some healthy gains. But as </span>WNPR&#39;s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Jeff Cohen reports, the way you talk about test scores can be just as important as the scores themselves.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It wasn&#39;t the press release Matt Poland would have written.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&quot;I would have written it with both the good and the not-so-good sharing common billing.&quot;</span></p> Mon, 19 Aug 2013 20:00:39 +0000 Jeff Cohen 3909 at http://wnpr.org Common Core: Too Much, Too Fast? http://wnpr.org/post/common-core-too-much-too-fast <p>http://cptv.vo.llnwd.net/o2/ypmwebcontent/Chion/do%20130603%20Common%20Core.mp3</p><p></p><p>School districts across Connecticut are wrestling with how to implement &nbsp;the new Common Core state standards, which mean changes to the way teachers teach reading and math along with new computer-based tests.&nbsp;</p><p>The transition is expected to take place over the next year and a half. But some districts say that time frame may be hard to meet.</p> Mon, 03 Jun 2013 11:03:23 +0000 Diane Orson 654 at http://wnpr.org New CMT Measure Reveals Different Picture Of Academic Improvement http://wnpr.org/post/new-cmt-measure-reveals-different-picture-academic-improvement <p>http://cptv.vo.llnwd.net/o2/ypmwebcontent/Chion/do%20120723%20CMT%20data.mp3</p><p></p><p>A new way to interpret Connecticut Mastery Test scores reveals a different picture of academic improvement in the state’s schools. This measure looks at whether students are growing over time.</p><p>Vertical scales match a student from year to year, say from the first year of CMT testing in third grade to fourth grade. The system compares how that student performs one year to the next despite the more advanced material.</p> Tue, 24 Jul 2012 12:01:11 +0000 Diane Orson 7538 at http://wnpr.org CT Supreme Court To Hear Arguments In Bridgeport Schools Case http://wnpr.org/post/ct-supreme-court-hear-arguments-bridgeport-schools-case <p>http://cptv.vo.llnwd.net/o2/ypmwebcontent/Chion/do%20111026%20Bridgeport%20Supreme%20CT.mp3</p><p></p><p>The Connecticut Supreme Court will hear arguments on Thursday challenging the state’s takeover of the Bridgeport Board of Education. The plaintiffs argue that the state cannot deny residents the right to vote for their local school board.</p> Fri, 28 Oct 2011 14:23:28 +0000 Diane Orson 8315 at http://wnpr.org Teachers And Staff Suspected Of Cheating At A Waterbury Elementary School http://wnpr.org/post/teachers-and-staff-suspected-cheating-waterbury-elementary-school <p>http://cptv.vo.llnwd.net/o2/ypmwebcontent/Chion/do%20110805%20Waterbury%20cheating%20WNPR.mp3</p><p></p><p>An investigator for the State Department of Education has begun to question teachers and staff at a Waterbury elementary school about suspected cheating on the 2011 Connecticut Mastery Tests. &nbsp;This is the latest in a string of cheating scandals nationwide.</p> Fri, 05 Aug 2011 19:53:59 +0000 Diane Orson 8805 at http://wnpr.org Achievement Gap Between Hispanic And White Students Found In Every School District http://wnpr.org/post/achievement-gap-between-hispanic-and-white-students-found-every-school-district <p>http://cptv.vo.llnwd.net/o2/ypmwebcontent/Chion/do%20110718%20Hispanic%20students%20WNPR.mp3</p><p></p><p>For the past two decades, the achievement gap between Hispanic students and their white classmates nationwide has remained largely unchanged. Hispanic students perform about two grade levels below their white peers in math and reading.</p><p>Connecticut has one of the largest gaps in the nation, and a new study finds the problem exists in every school district in the state.</p> Mon, 18 Jul 2011 19:12:03 +0000 Diane Orson 8934 at http://wnpr.org Study Finds Link Between Lead Poisoning And Mastery Test Scores http://wnpr.org/post/study-finds-link-between-lead-poisoning-and-mastery-test-scores <p>http://cptv.vo.llnwd.net/o2/ypmwebcontent/Chion/RR5P9R_c.mp3</p><p></p><p>A new study finds a link between lead poisoning in young children and lower scores on the CT Mastery Tests. &nbsp;And black children in the state are more likely to be exposed to lead.</p><p>First, researchers looked at blood lead data for all Connecticut 4<sup>th</sup> graders in the 2007-2008 school year. Then they studied test scores on the CMTs.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Rebecca Anthopolis is a statistical analyst with the Children’s Environmental Health Initiative at Duke University where the data were analyzed.</p> Fri, 20 May 2011 19:01:31 +0000 Diane Orson 9239 at http://wnpr.org Study Finds Link Between Lead Poisoning And Mastery Test Scores State Intervention Starting To Close Achievement Gap http://wnpr.org/post/state-intervention-starting-close-achievement-gap <p>http://cptv.vo.llnwd.net/o2/ypmwebcontent/Chion/do%20110505%20CALI%20results.mp3</p><p></p><p>A new report finds noticeable academic progress in fifteen low-performing Connecticut districts where there’s been intensive intervention by the state. &nbsp;Test scores in these districts show substantial improvement over time, particularly among minority students.</p> Fri, 06 May 2011 13:10:58 +0000 Diane Orson 9362 at http://wnpr.org Snow Days Could Affect CT Mastery Test Prep http://wnpr.org/post/snow-days-could-affect-ct-mastery-test-prep <p>http://cptv.vo.llnwd.net/o2/ypmwebcontent/Chion/do%20110202%20schools%20and%20weather.mp3</p><p></p><p>Record-setting snowfall, sub-zero temperatures and treacherous travel conditions have meant plenty of missed school days this year. &nbsp;Educators are worried that lost classroom time may affect preparation for standardized tests.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 03 Feb 2011 14:45:57 +0000 Diane Orson 12122 at http://wnpr.org