Gov. Dannel P. Malloy signed an executive order Tuesday creating a 25-member task force of educators to deliver recommendations on how to improve the roll-out of the new academic goals called the Common Core State Standards.
“Connecticut teachers and education professionals have raised legitimate concerns that preparations for the implementation of Common Core State Standards and the incorporation of Common Core State Standards into the teaching curriculum have been uneven across the state,” Malloy said in a statement.
“Teachers, students, public officials, and everyone involved in the education system will benefit by having this review, identifying challenges, and highlighting best practices and lessons learned,” Malloy continued.
Malloy’s announcement comes on the eve of a legislative hearing on the new standards at noon Wednesday that is expected to include testimony from harsh critics as well as proponents of the new state standards. Already more than 120 people have filed testimony for the hearing.
The hearing was prompted by House Republicans, who have been concerned by reports from teachers and constituents about problems in the rollout of the new standards.