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.

Standards vs. Competencies - Mastery-Based Learning


Standards are the responsibility of the State Board of Education. Standards are proposed by the Connecticut Department of Education and adopted by the State Board of Education.

Competencies are the knowledge, skills, and/or behaviors students must master in specific content or performance areas according to the OLD Foundation. Kim Carter, Executive Director of the OLD Foundation describes a well-designed competency as having the following characteristics:

  • A competency describes knowledge and skills that can be applied to novel, complex situations. 
  • The skills described in a competency will be valuable ten years from now even if the content knowledge has changed. 
  • Learning objectives are accompanied by clear performance criteria that help students identify their performance level(s) and what they need to do to improve. 
  • Learning objectives are accompanied by effective rubrics that help students understand themselves better as learners. 
  • The competency and the learning objectives allow for personalization and opportunities for deeper learning. 
  • A leader in the field, Boston Day and Evening Academy, defines competency as “The enduring understanding of content and skill a student needs in a specific discipline.” Each competency is relevant and necessary for future learning. 
  • In New England, through the leadership of the New England Secondary School Consortium (NESSC) of which Connecticut is a member, further refinement of terms has evolved. 

Read More: Definitions of Different Types of Competencies