Monday, September 10, 2007

House and Senate drafts of ATTAIN

Both the House draft and the Senate draft underscore the importance of 21st. Century Skills and professional development. They also agree on a minimum formula-based award of $3,000 per district. Both versions also indicate their concern that upon completion of the 8th grade that all students are technologically literate. Although this last issue has been addressed by districts in their technology plans, the new legislative drafts have added the following:

“Assess not less than once by the end of the 8th grade student performance in gaining technology literacy…including through embedding such assessment items in other State tests, performance-based assessments, portfolios, or through other means, but provided that such assessments shall be used only to track student technology literacy and not in conjunction with meeting adequate yearly progress goals…”

The 2006 Connecticut Library Partnership Honorees

The 2006 Library Partnership Honorees were honored on May 17, 2007 as part of The Governor’s Summer Reading Challenge festivities. Representatives from the Burlington Public Library and the Guilford Public Library were presented with a plaque from Governor M. Jodi Rell and State Librarian Kendall Wiggin. Both libraries were recognized for their outstanding ability to coordinate reading efforts with their local public schools.

Library representatives were on hand along with school representatives from the 2006 top participating elementary, middle and high schools for the kick-off of The Governor’s Summer Reading Challenge for 2007 – Read, understand, grow!

For additional information, click on the following link; The Governor’s Summer Reading Challenge. If you have any questions, please contact Amy F. Radikas at the Connecticut State Department of Education at