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Posted inMoney, Politics

Outgoing CT budget springs another leak, could threaten next year’s as well

Less than one month after Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and legislators closed a $220 million deficit in the budget that ends June 30, eroding tax receipts helped punch a new $141 million hole in finances, the administration reported late Wednesday. The last-minute shortfall in the outgoing budget threatens to intensify a bitter, fight over how to balance the next state financial plan.

Posted inCT Viewpoints

No evidence standardized testing can close ‘achievement gap’

In a recent commentary piece, Jeffrey Villar, Executive Director of the Connecticut Council for Education Reform, praises the Connecticut State Board of Education’s support for using student SBAC results in teacher evaluations. He contends, “Connecticut continues to have one of the worst achievement gaps in the nation, the SBE appears committed to continuing to take this issue on.” Contrary to Mr. Villar’s assertion, there is little, if any, evidence to support the idea that including standardized test scores in teacher evaluations will close the so-called achievement gap.