Malloy calls for slowdown of teacher evaluation program

Beth Larkins-Strathy

Gov. Dannel Malloy has called for a significant slowdown of a new teacher evaluation program amid growing concern and criticism from Connecticut teachers and administrators.

Beth Larkins-Strathy, associate dean of the School of Education, is available to comment.  

"The major problem with all three of the initiatives--Common Core, Smarter Balanced Assessment tests and teacher evaluation--is that they were simultaneously implemented," Larkins-Strathy said. "The pace was rapid and the changes major. Most teachers are not adverse to change or hard work, because it comes with the territory. However, these changes were fast and furious and have left educators exhausted and frustrated.

"Teachers need time to prepare students for the Smarter Balanced Assessment tests in a way that does not cause stress and anxiety in students, parents and themselves."

To speak to Larkins-Strathy, please call John Morgan, associate vice president for public relations at Quinnipiac, at 203-206-4449 (cell) or 203-582-5359 (office).

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