New Haven, Conn.–The Connecticut Department of Education on Wednesday announced Connecticut’s Next-Generation Accountability System, a new, broader set of performance measures, called indicators, designed to give a more comprehensive and holistic picture of how schools and students are performing. In response, Jennifer Alexander, chief executive officer of ConnCAN, offered the following statement:
“While we look forward to studying the new accountability system in more detail, it is encouraging to see that Connecticut has moved toward a new accountability system that takes a holistic approach to accountability that includes student achievement results, and takes into account a number of other factors that impact student learning and readiness for post-secondary education and careers of the future. We are also encouraged that, under the next-generation accountability system, some of our schools high-needs areas have performed very well and are noted as schools of distinction.
We encourage the State Department of Education and State Board of Education to ensure that these results are presented in ways that are clear and accessible for parents who seek to chose the best school for their children, to educators who can use this data to inform decisions, and to policymakers and taxpayers who seek understand what’s working and how well our investments are improving public education in Connecticut.”