NOTICE: Coronavirus Guidance for School Districts: Per Governor’s executive order, in-school class cancellations remain in effect until at least April 20, 2020.
Emergency Meal Programs: The State Department of Education is authorizing two distinct categories of COVID-19 Emergency Meal Programs in accordance with federal requirements: 1) COVID-19 Emergency Meal Program Limited to Students Attending School in Specific Districts. School districts on this list are only authorized to serve meals to students attending their schools, and any other child age 18 years or younger residing in the same household; 2) COVID-19 Community-wide Emergency Meal Program for Children. Any child age 18 years or younger can receive meal(s) at any meal service and distribution sites in these towns/cities. They do not have to be a resident or attend school in these towns/cities. Check these links often as more locations continue to be added.

Connecticut Core Standards

Rating System

Step 1: Review units and lessons to determine if they meet a minimum EQuIP Rating of “Exemplar if Improved.” All English Language Arts and Mathematics units or lessons are reviewed by teams of teachers and CSDE staff using the rigorous EQuIP evaluation tools. EQuIP Rubrics were created through a collaborative process of several states and Achieve.

Step 2: Create annotations for unit and lesson exemplars. All English Language Arts, Mathematics and several other units or lessons are annotated by Connecticut educators and include a description, cautions, rationale for selection, and the list of relevant CCSS standards.

Step 3: Assign a three, four, or five apples rating based on annotation. The Connecticut ratings are:

3 apple rating

A useful CCSS curriculum resource with suggested improvements (see “Cautions”)


4 apple rating

A high quality CCSS curriculum resource with suggested improvements (see “Cautions”)


Five apple rating

An exemplary CCSS curriculum resource


To learn more about the Rubrics; to view EQuIP e-learning modules; or to see exemplars and student work samples, visit: