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School and District Accountability

In February 2012, the Connecticut State Department of Education participated in a federal application process for flexibility from certain requirements of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). The U.S. Department of Education (USED) approved Connecticut’s flexibility request (or waiver), allowing the State to establish a new accountability system to assess school performance. On August 6, 2015, the USED approved a three-year renewal for Connecticut.

The plan outlined in Connecticut’s ESEA Flexibility Renewal improves the State’s school and district accountability model. The “next generation” accountability model moves beyond just test scores and graduation rates. Instead, it provides a more holistic, multifactor perspective of district and school performance and incorporates student growth over time. For two years, the CSDE actively sought feedback regarding the accountability system from district and school leaders, Connecticut educators, state and national experts, CSDE staff, and many others. The “next generation” system is a direct result of this extensive consultation process.

ESEA Flexibility Student Growth Model National/International Assessments




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