State and National Standards

Below are links to standards related to curriculum and professional responsibilities for educators:

Connecticut CCT and Code of Professional Responsibility

National Standards

Connecticut Adopts National Common Core Standards on 7/7/10: Board adopts standards.pdf
Click on the links below to go to Web pages on this Wiki with resources about Standards:

Connecticut Curriculum Framework Standards

Click on the links below to find the State curriculum and technology standards to include in your assured experience:

Connecticut Crosswalk to National Common Core Standards

The CT State Department of Education has been working on a "crosswalk" that aligns Connecticut's Curriculum Frameworks with the Common Core National Standards. Click on the links below for these crosswalks:

Update from CSDE re Science National Standards

==From: Buttner, Elizabeth [] Sent: Wednesday, November 03, 2010 2:10 PM Subject: New National Science Education Standards==

Dear Science Education Colleagues –
You may be aware that Next Generation National Science Education Standards are currently being developed by the National Academies of Science and Achieve. Although these standards are not expected to be completed until early 2012, you may be wondering how they could impact Connecticut state standards and your districts’ science curriculum and instruction. There are still many unknowns, but the following “Frequently Asked Questions” may be helpful for a productive district curriculum review and for short-term planning:
· When will Connecticut’s science standards be revised? The 2004 Core Science Curriculum Framework will remain stable at least until 2012, when the new national science standards are projected to be published. At that time, decisions will be made concerning state adoption of the standards.
· When will Connecticut’s state science assessments change? The CMT and CAPT assessments will remain stable until at least 2014. At that time, a new state assessment system may be introduced. Such a system might include instruments such as end-of-course assessments (Algebra I, Biology, U.S. History, English 10 and Geometry), interim assessments, performance tasks and/or new national assessments based on the Common Core State Standards in ELA and Mathematics. It’s too early to predict whether national science assessments based on common core science standards will be developed in the years to come.
· My district’s science curriculum is scheduled for revision this year. Should we go forward with it or postpone? Given the possibility of new science standards within the next few years, a district science curriculum review at this time would do well to focus on what is taught and how it is taught:
o Alignment with current state standards and assessments: Survey teachers to find out who teaches each content standard and at what grade. Use the Grade-Level Concepts, Grade-Level Expectations and CMT/CAPT Expected Performances to streamline the curriculum, eliminating redundancies, gaps and inconsistencies among schools and classrooms. Does the sequence of learning units (within a grade and across the grades) foster understanding and retention by offering opportunities for students to continually make conceptual connections and relate the science to local or global problems and settings?
o Teaching practices: Observe classrooms and survey teachers to get a “snapshot” of how science is taught. Are students mainly reading about science, or do they have frequent opportunities to use scientific inquiry, reasoning and logic to build understanding of concepts and practices?
o CMT/CAPT Performance Trends. Review Science CMT/CAPT data from 2008 through 2010 to look for performance patterns in life, physical and earth science as well as scientific inquiry. Can these performance trends be correlated to what science is currently taught and how it is taught?
There certainly are many unknowns about the future of standards and assessments. Hopefully, the suggestions above provide at least a starting point for a meaningful and productive curriculum review.
Liz Buttner
K-8 Science Consultant
MSP Science State Coordinator
PAEMST Science State Coordinator
Connecticut State Department of Education
165 Capitol Avenue
Hartford, CT 06106
Phone: 860-713-6849
Fax: 860-713-7018
Science Curriculum website
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