An investigation has confirmed test tampering at a Hartford elementary school. In a report submitted this week to state education officials by an outside law firm, investigators concluded there were irregularities in more than two dozen Connecticut Mastery Tests at the Early Reading Lab at Betances Elementary School. The report was obtained by The Hartford Courant.
Students across the state are heading back to school this week – and they’ll be seeing a lot of changes. The common core state standards are taking effect and changing the way teachers teach and students take tests.
Schools are struggling to find the best way to teach ESL kids English. New Britain school system was recently featured on PBS Newshour for changing all their bilingual classes to English only.
In Hartford, school district officials say test scores held firm and showed some healthy gains. But as WNPR's Jeff Cohen reports, the way you talk about test scores can be just as important as the scores themselves. It wasn't the press release Matt Poland would have written. "I would have written it with both the good and the not-so-good sharing common billing."
School districts across Connecticut are wrestling with how to implement the new Common Core state standards, which mean changes to the way teachers teach reading and math along with new computer-based tests.
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.
The Common Core State Standards are a set of expectations for language arts and math. The goal is to ensure that students have the skills they need for success in college and careers.