The chances of Connecticut students succeeding when they leave high school are among the best in the nation, and the state spends more for each student than almost every other state after factoring in the region’s higher cost of living, according to a national report card released this week by Education Week.

The state also has more children attending preschool and more fourth graders reading proficiently than almost every state.

But the 19-page report card from the nonpartisan national news organization wasn’t full of good grades.

Connecticut has one of the highest rates of adults not working full time, year round. The state also has some of the largest differences in student achievement when comparing students from low-income families to their classmates.

Connecticut has one of the worst grades for holding its schools accountable, earning a 68 percent. While most states provide rewards to high-performing or improving schools, Connecticut does not. The state also lags behind most states in having state sanctions for low-performing schools.

The report also says that the state fails to evaluate teacher preparation programs and check up on how their graduates perform in the classroom. The state also lacks incentives to get teachers into high-need schools, provide professional development and provide incentives for teachers to get national board certification.

Here is the link to a snapshot of how the state is doing. The complete report on Connecticut is available here behind a pay wall. The state’s overall grade is a C+, ranking Connecticut 15th best in the country by Education Week’s Standards. Last year the state was given in 16th place.

Maryland ranked highest in the news organizations ratings, earning a B+.

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Jacqueline Rabe Thomas

Jacqueline was CT Mirror’s Education and Housing Reporter, and an original member of the CT Mirror staff, joining shortly before our January 2010 launch. Her awards include the best-of-show Theodore A. Driscoll Investigative Award from the Connecticut Society of Professional Journalists in 2019 for reporting on inadequate inmate health care, first-place for investigative reporting from the New England Newspaper and Press Association in 2020 for reporting on housing segregation, and two first-place awards from the National Education Writers Association in 2012. She was selected for a prestigious, year-long Propublica Local Reporting Network grant in 2019, exploring a range of affordable and low-income housing issues. Before joining CT Mirror, Jacqueline was a reporter, online editor and website developer for The Washington Post Co.’s Maryland newspaper chains. Jacqueline received an undergraduate degree in journalism from Bowling Green State University and a master’s in public policy from Trinity College.

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