When we cited the states which had made the most progress in teacher policy in the 2011 Yearbook
, Connecticut was not among them. But it looks like the Nutmeg State is trying to make up for lost ground. Late last week, the Connecticut Board of Education approved a new teacher evaluation system which incorporates student achievement data and classroom observations.
Connecticut also seems to be getting serious about teacher preparation. As we previously reported
, enrollment standards for teacher preparation programs often fall below what the NCAA demands of student-athletes. The governor announced an initiative that will increase the minimum GPA required for enrollment in a teacher preparation program from a B-minus to a B-plus. We heartily endorse
this move: ensuring only academically capable candidates become teachers is a key step toward improving the quality of the teacher workforce.Graham Drake