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At the end of each year, we hold ourselves accountable by tracking the number of our policy recommendations that have been implemented in Connecticut. We use a rubric to quantitatively chart our long-term progress in both passing and implementing these critical levers for change.
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Our Report To Close Achievement Gap

CT has one of the largest achievement gaps between low-income students and non-low-income students.

High Expectations at New Haven’s ESUMS Magnet School

Samples from a student workbook

Samples from a student workbook

The Engineering and Science University Magnet School (ESUMS) is a public college preparatory middle and high school in the New Haven Public School District, and it is producing some impressive results with its students. When the results of the 2015 Smarter Balanced Assessment came in, we quickly realized that the ESUMS students had outpaced the state and district in both English and Math. We had to learn more, so we paid a visit to the school.


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Have You Seen the Achievement Gap Inside Your District?

Map 2Last year, when students took the Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBAC), the statewide assessment in Connecticut, we gained a lot of interesting information about the academic achievement of Connecticut students. The results are particularly interesting when you can compare what’s happening between districts and within districts. The interactive map on our website allows you to explore some of these patterns.


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CT Mirror: Does Connecticut need a think tank?
6 Jul 16

By: TOM CONDON Connecticut is not bereft of policy research capacity; indeed there is a good amount of study going on here. It’s being done by: … Groups focusing on […]

CT Viewpoints: SBAC provides invaluable information about students — and their teachers
20 Apr 16

  I had the privilege to work with talented educators who devoted their lives to reaching every child in their classrooms, literally spending day and night preparing lessons, correcting work […]

CT Viewpoints: State Board of Education demands action on teacher evaluation
12 Apr 16

  I applaud the SBE for pushing back on PEAC’s recommendation and drawing a real line in the sand. Connecticut’s teacher evaluation model, which has never been fully implemented to […]

New Haven Register: ‘Devil is always in the details’ for school improvement, says CCER director
1 Apr 16

Villar said CCER’s primary focus is closing the achievement gap between student subgroups in Connecticut. “Connecticut continues to have the most consistent and largest achievement gap in the country,” he […]

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE–PEAC Decision Delays Systemic Accountability
9 Mar 16

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: CONTACT: Nicki Perkins EMAIL: PHONE: (203) 506-5799 Hartford, Connecticut – Today, March 9, 2016, the Performance Evaluation Advisory Council (PEAC) voted to recommend to the State Board of Education […]

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE–Coalition of Leading Education, Parents, Business, Community Organizations Oppose Efforts to Weaken State’s Education Evaluation System
7 Mar 16

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: CONTACT:Byron McCauley EMAIL: PHONE: (513) 504-8915   Today, the Connecticut General Assembly Joint Committee on Education will hold a public hearing on SB 380, AN ACT CONCERNING […]

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