NOTICE: Coronavirus Guidance for School Districts: Per Governor’s executive order, in-school class cancellations remain in effect through the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year.

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.

Mastery-Based Learning Resource Center


Personalized learning. What is it?

Ask a dozen educators to define personalized learning and you’re bound to get 12 different answers about why this approach to learning has strong benefits and real risks for students. Watch the video.

Personalized Learning according to an elementary teacher

Charting New Frontiers in Student-Centered Learning

Just released in Connecticut, this report issues recommendations to advance student-centered learning for Connecticut's children.

Read the report 

Welcome from the Commissioner

Dr. Miguel A. CardonaWelcome to the Connecticut State Department of Education’s Mastery-Based Learning Resource Center. This website is designed to support local school districts that choose to implement Mastery-Based Learning as well as families and community partners who want to learn more about this model. Connecticut offers Mastery-Based Learning as one option that districts may use in awarding credit for graduation or promotion. Through a variety of articles, videos, and links, this site outlines issues that districts may face when planning to transition to a Mastery-Based Learning Environment. Additional resources around community engagement, policy and practice are included for districts who have already begun their implementation journey.

We are interested in your feedback about what is useful to your district as well as what should be added to the website to meet your district needs. The Connecticut State Department of Education is especially interested in artifacts that districts are willing to share for inclusion on the site. The exchange of materials on the web site provides recognition to the innovative practices in many districts and helps districts beginning the transition to Mastery-Based Learning systems.