Issue #20: March 2016, #2  

This issue is a Special Edition of News & Updates

Next Ed: Next Steps Report Provides Action Plan for Further Transforming Public Education in Connecticut to Benefit All Students

Hartford, Conn. (March 24, 2016) - The Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents (CAPSS) today released a new report, "Next Ed: Next Steps" which looks at the progress Connecticut has made with transitioning public education to a mastery-based personalized learning system and provides recommendations to continue this progress. The Report is a sequel to "NextEd: The CAPSS Transformation Report."

A continuous improvement plan, NextEd: Next Steps was developed through a collaboration with project partners and a core working group who invested two years in developing this proposal. The report provides recommendations as to how education can be transformed to benefit all students in Connecticut.

"This report provides a framework for redesigning our public school system to ensure all Connecticut children receive the best education possible," Dr. Joseph J. Cirasuolo, Ed.D., Executive Director, CAPSS, said. "By taking a student-centered approach to learning - and focusing on helping students build the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in college, careers and civic life - we can bolster student engagement and drive high levels of achievement."

 Among the core strategies NextEd: Next Steps suggests districts employ to achieve students' full engagement and achieve deeper learning outcomes are:

  • Personalize learning experiences to engage students in different ways.
  • Focus on competency-based learning, wherein students advance to the next unit upon mastery - not upon a pre-determined date or time period.
  • Embrace "anytime, anywhere learning" and take learning opportunities beyond the classroom and into the community.
  • Give students ownership over their learning, engaging them in incorporating their interests and skills into the learning process.

 All of the recommendations made within the Report are designed to enhance college and career readiness and prepare students to live and work in a global society. Areas of focus within the Report, include: early childhood education, making it personal, offering more options and choices, retooling assessment and accountability, leveraging technology, and reforming leadership, among other topics/recommendations.

 "Access to high quality education needs to start with early childhood education and continue through high school graduation," Cirasuolo said. "Achieving the vision of NextEd: Next Steps requires swift legislative action, buy-in for administrators and educators, and a shared commitment to giving children the best education possible. In order to prepare students for success in the future, we need to begin reengineering our learning system today."

Production of this report was made possible by support from project partners DELL, the Nellie Mae Education Foundation and The Peter and Carmen Lucia Buck Foundation.

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