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Department Head

Heather Banas
Director of Curriculum
(860) 623-3346 ext. 7406

Common Core Resources

Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)


In December of 2015, President Obama signed into law the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). The title of the reauthorized legislation, which replaces the No Child Left Behind Act, is the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The passage of the ESSA provides a much anticipated opportunity to improve outcomes for all students.

ESSA requires that states develop and submit a consolidated state plan to the U.S. Department of Education. In our commitment to obtain feedback from a diverse group of stakeholders and ensure that Connecticut’s ESSA State Plan is rooted in the day-to-day needs of students, educators, and communities, we have developed the Connecticut ESSA Stakeholder Survey. This survey is designed to gather feedback from interested members of the public regarding key policy questions concerning Connecticut’s transition to the ESSA and to enable us to better understand stakeholder priorities. Input received will be captured and considered as the CSDE drafts Connecticut’s state plan to implement the new law. To access the survey, please click here. The survey is also available on our SDE home page under QuickLinks and on our Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Resources page.

Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)


Smarter Balanced and SAT for 2016

Department Staff

Sharon Kravies
Administrative Assistant to the Director of Curriculum
(860) 623-3346 ext. 7406
(860) 292-6817
Christine Casella
Numeracy Coach - Elementary
Shanna Custer
ESL Teacher - Secondary
Kathy Gadoury
Literacy Coach - Secondary
Joan Holloway
Literacy Coach - Elementary
Frank Lopes
Instructional Technology Specialist - District
Sandra Rich
ESL Teacher - Elementary
Holly Surrette
Numeracy Coach - Secondary
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