The State Department of Education (SDE)has released the new Common Core of Teaching (CCT) rubric this week, and many Bristol administrators have presented them to staff. The revised CCT is the outcome of discussions within PEAC (Performance Evaluation Advisory Committee), a consortium of stakeholders including representatives from AFT CT, NEA, CABE, CAPSS, and the SDE. The documents are below.


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CCT Rubric 2014 Summary 3 10 14


In other news, the Teacher’s College from Columbia University has created an online forum to discuss SBAC and other standardized testing that is occurring around the nation. Have your say at:


Finally, a chance to participate in a survey about common core…


As you know from previous updates, the Educators’ Common Core Implementation Taskforce is working to address and resolve issues resulting from poor and inconsistent implementation of the new teaching standards. Their efforts are a direct result of AFT Connecticut members raising their voices and working through their union to respond to rapidly changing conditions in their classrooms.

But we still need additional input from teachers. That’s why we are asking you to take a survey on implementation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS).

Click here to access the survey online today.

The results will help the task force, which includes six members of AFT Connecticut-affiliated unions, accomplish its mission. Your responses to this survey will be anonymous and assist these education professionals to better understand how these standards should work before they count.

More to come, and in solidarity,

Melodie Peters
President, AFT Connecticut

Steve McKeever
First Vice-President, AFT Connecticut

Patti Fusco
Pre-K-12 Jurisdictional Vice-President, AFT Connecticut

P.S. Click here to watch video of last week’s first meeting of the task force.