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How Can Connecticut's Common Core Standards Improve Public Education?

A workshop about student expectations under the federal education guidelines the state has adopted will explain how Middletown parents and teachers can help them prepare for college and careers.

Middletown's Superintendent of Schools Patricia Charles wrote a letter to elementary school parents explaining why report cards changed for their students with the Common Core.
Middletown's Superintendent of Schools Patricia Charles wrote a letter to elementary school parents explaining why report cards changed for their students with the Common Core.

Parents with children in the public schools have undoubtedly heard much about the Common Core Standards since the state board of education approved them in July 2010 but may not be aware these federal guidelines were implemented in Connecticut at the start of the 2013-14 school year.

Last November, Middletown's Superintendent of Schools Patricia Charles wrote a letter to elementary school parents explaining why report cards changed for their students with the Common Core.

It explained how student curriculum, instruction and assessment model are based on the new Common Core Standards in Math and English and Connecticut College and Career Readiness Standards, according to the memo.

Charles also explained Common Core is based on research and meets international standards to ensure students who graduate high school can compete in society and a global economy.

Now, the Connecticut Education Association along with a host of other organizations is hosting a community forum on Jan. 25 from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Cromwell High School, 34 Evergreen Road, Cromwell. 

The keynote speaker is Sandra Alberti, director of State and District Partnerships and Professional Development for Student Achievement Partners.

Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided.

The forum aims to:

  • Provide a common understanding about Common Core Standards and Smarter Balanced Assessments.
  • Demonstrate Smarter Balanced Assessments and allow opportunities for hands-on practice tests.
  • Encourage career and college readiness for students, as well as the importance of citizenship.
  • Allow all stakeholders to engage in meaningful discussions about Connecticut’s implementation of Common Core Standards/Smarter Balanced Assessments.

These are sponsored by the American Federation of Teachers Connecticut, CT Association of Boards of Education, CT Education Association, CT Federation of School Administrators, CT National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, CT Parent Teacher Student Association, the State Department of Education/School-Family-CommunityPartnerships Department, Latino and Puerto Rican Affairs Commission, and Urban League of Greater Hartford. 

To register, email Elizabeth Antonopoulos at elizabetha@cea.org or visit the CEA site.

What do you think of these Common Core standards in relation to your student? Tell us in the comment section below.

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