On December 5, 2013, the Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) released the 2013 School and District Performance Reports, scorecards that inform parents and communities on the overall performance of their schools and districts. The reports are also designed to provide school and district leaders with information that identifies areas of strengths and opportunities for improvement. Click here to learn more>>
A new study by the Center for Disease Control reports that one in every ten children in the U.S. have been diagnosed with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), but the steady rise in cases has started to slow. Read 1 in 10 U.S. Children Now has ADHD, CDC Says for information on the CDC's findings, medication rates and the impact of early initiation of behavioral therapy.
Educators know that learning how to read by grade three is critical and that students who fall too far behind by third grade, rarely catch up. Despite progress in some states, only 35 percent of fourth graders across the country are proficient in reading. Connecticut is one state that is trying to address this crisis and meet the reading milestone. The state has expanded its statewide reading plan to include oral language and pre-literacy proficiency for children moving from pre-kindergarten to kindergarten. Lawmakers also approved legislation requiring elementary school teachers to take surveys on reading instruction to help improve their teaching of reading. Read more>>
The CT Early Learning and Development Standards, which outline what children, birth to five, should know and be able to do, is now available online. The standards were developed to help families, communities and schools work together to support children's early learning and growth. Access the Standards here>>
The application for the 16th annual Youth Leadership Forum for Students with Disabilities is now available on the Youth Leadership Project website. The Youth Leadership Forum will take place July 28th through July 31st at the University of Connecticut Storrs campus and is sponsored in full. The forum brings together forty high school students with disabilities throughout Connecticut for a four-day training focusing on enhancing community leadership skills. Learn more>>
The Governor's Coalition for Youth with Disabilities 2014 scholarship application is now available. The Governor’s Coalition for Youth with Disabilities (GCYD) recognizes the outstanding achievements of graduating high school seniors with disabilities through awards of financial assistance to further students’ educational and career goals. Visit the GCYD website for more information and to apply.
Connecticut is seeking a waiver from the U.S. Department of Education on provisions of Title 1 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) to allow districts in Connecticut to choose which standardized assessment they will use during this current school year. The waiver had been requested to decrease the burden on districts, schools and districts and allow flexibility in transitioning to the new standards and assessments. The CSDE is requesting public comment on Connecticut's proposal to seek this waiver. Click here for more information about the waiver and the assessments>>
A recent article in the Washington Post entitled, Elementary students learn keyboard typing ahead of new Common Core tests, explains how schools are preparing students to be proficient computer users. The new Common Core tests will require students to be able to manipulate a mouse, click, drag and type answers on a keyboard. Click here to read the article.
Department of Education Proposes to Eliminate “2 Percent Rule” in Assessing Students with Disabilities
The U.S. Department of Education has proposed regulations to transition away from the so-called "2 percent rule," thus emphasizing the Department’s commitment to holding all students to high standards that better prepare them for college and career. Under the existing regulations, states have been allowed to develop alternate assessments for some students with disabilities and use the results of those assessments for accountability purposes. Read more>>
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A New Understanding of ADHD in Children and Adults: Executive Function Impairments by Thomas E. Brown explains the research indicating that ADHD is a developmental disorder of the brains executive functions and describes treatments that can help. To borrow this book, or other books in our Lending Library, please contact CPAC at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-800-445-2722.
- December 9, 2013Encouraging Responsibility and Independence: The Power of Positive Communication(Norwalk, CT)
- December 9, 2013Special Education Law and Advocacy Workshop(Madison, CT)
- December 9, 2013The CT Autism Guidelines Forum(Hartford, CT)
- December 10, 2013Autism: Continuing the Conversation - Preparing for Breaks/Social Groups(Groton, CT)
- December 11, 2013Planning for College: What Students with Disabilities and Their Families Need to Know(Middletown, CT)
- December 12, 2013Assistive Technology and Employment for Students in Transition(Cromwell, CT)
- January 8, 2014Steps to Success Toolkit Training(Higganum, CT)
- January 13, 2014PANDAS/PANS: Transforming a Devastating Chronic Illness into a Treatable Disorder(Norwalk, CT)