Governor Lamont: Connecticut State Department of Education launches first phase of new curriculum model
The first phase includes a mathematics program for years 6 to 8 and a financial literacy program for years 6 to 12
(HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Ned Lamont and Connecticut Commissioner of Education Charlene M. Russell-Tucker today announced the release of the first phase of Connecticut’s new Model Curriculum for educators statewide. . The first phase includes a math curriculum for grades 6-8 and a financial literacy curriculum for grades 6-12. These resources will be available free to all educators in Connecticut through GoOpenCTConnecticut Digital Library.
Last year, Governor Lamont signed into law Public Law 21-2, which requires the Connecticut State Department of Education to develop, for the first time, rigorous, age-appropriate model curricula to complement existing local curricula. The development of curriculum models is done in collaboration with the State Education Resource Center, subject matter experts, district officials, educators, and other stakeholders. With this implementation, Connecticut becomes one of 19 “open educational resource” states in the country.
“Connecticut continues to be a leader in public education, and the accessibility and evidence-based nature of these programs is no exception,” Governor Lamont said. “These programs will complement the incredible work already underway in our school districts and support student success.”
“Connecticut has a beautifully diverse student body of over half a million students,” Commissioner Russell-Tucker said. “The monumental deployment of this model program will strengthen our schools and improve student outcomes. Whether in an urban, rural, or suburban district, all educators will have free access to high-quality curriculum and educational resources. Thank you to the department staff, educators, district officials and stakeholders involved in this ongoing work. »
“This is a historic moment for the department and all teachers and students in Connecticut,” Irene Parisi, academic director of the Connecticut State Department of Education, said. “We are designing an ecosystem created by teachers for teachers, where everyone will have access to high-quality academic content to match the diversity and needs of their classroom anytime, anywhere. Students will have more opportunities to engage in deeper, focused, rigorous and relevant learning.