The drop in enrollment disproportionately landed in the state’s 10 lowest performing districts, worsening Connecticut’s already severe achievement gaps.
See how your school system performed on last spring’s standardized English and math tests, which are formally known as the Smarter Balanced Assessments.
Connecticut has largely failed to embrace the one model for English learners that research consistently shows works best by far. It’s being adopted and expanded elsewhere. First of three stories.
Congress delayed for years the deadline for implementing a train safety system and passed a two-year budget that will help Connecticut defense contractors and Medicare recipients. Connecticut students received a mixed report card from the U.S. Department of Education, and whether Pratt & Whitney won a big engine contract remained a military secret.
A national test shows the achievement gaps between minority students and their classmates in math and reading are shrinking, but it’s largely because higher-achieving students scored lower on this year’s test. Overall, however, Connecticut still has among the nation’s best scores.
WASHINGTON – Connecticut elementary students have among the highest reading and math scores in the nation, but a stubborn achievement gap persists between the state’s highest- and lowest-performing schools, said a White House report issued Monday.
Before students of all colors can succeed equally in Connecticut’s public schools, we must be bluntly honest about why disparities exist. An achievement gap would exist if we gave every student equal opportunities and some children still failed to achieve. In a myriad ways, we do not give all our children the same opportunities. Nowhere is this more apparent than in school discipline policies that exclude children from the classroom.
Connecticut has one of the largest gaps in high school graduation rates between students from low-income families and their higher-income peers, but a recent report shows the state is closing that gap faster than any other state.
More minority and white students in Connecticut’s public schools are graduating high school on time, according to a report released Monday by the U.S. Department of Education’s research arm. But Connecticut still has among the largest achievement gaps in the nation when it comes to which students graduate high school in four years.
Today in Connecticut we are on the verge of exciting changes that may improve outcomes for all of our children.