Common Core in Connecticut:
Connecticut Common Core Standards

Connecticut’s efforts to implement the Common Core are part of its “Connecticut Plan”—a secondary education designed by a state task force based on model curriculum and data collection guidelines from the state department of education.

Common Core Implementation Status

1. Teacher Professional Development
2. Curriculum Guides
or Instructional Materials
3. Teacher Evaluation

New Curriculum

State designs frameworks

State provides frameworks

State designs guides

State provides guides

Local districts only

New Assessments

PARCC member

SBAC member

ACT Aspire

Developing own CC-aligned assessments

Connecticut has revised all of its assessments to align to the Common Core and will begin using SBAC assessments in 2014.

New Expenditures

New expenditures required to implement the Common Core

Current annual education expenditures

Race to the Top Phase 2 award

(State is not a Race to the Top recipient.)

Education Database Status

P-20 development required by state law

State is capable of having a P-20 database

State has access to homeschool students’ data

Potential Impacts on Homeschooling

State currently requires homeschoolers to take state-prescribed tests and report their scores

Homeschoolers must file notice of intent to homeschool

Common Core Legislation

In 2010 the Connecticut legislature passed SB 438, a bill that dramatically expanded the amount of data collected about students and teachers.


SB 53 would cut funds intended to be used for the advertising of the Common Core in Connecticut. HBs 5114, 5078 and 5168 would impose a moratorium on the implementation of the Common Core.


SB 344 would bring about a phase-in of the Common Core State Standards and Smarter Balanced Assessments in public schools.


Local Action Groups

Advocates and Opponents in Connecticut

None at this time

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Updated: 6/2/2014