Our Report On
How to Close the Achievement Gap
CT has one of the largest achievement gaps between low-income students and non-low-income students.
Here’s our plan on how to help close it.

The Bloomfield Blueprint for Closing the Achievement Gap

Reducing the achievement gap and accelerating progress may seem daunting. However, tangible and encouraging progress is occurring in Bloomfield Public Schools under the leadership of its Superintendent, Dr. James Thompson, Jr. This suburban district has a student population that is 90 percent African American or West Indian and 50 percent low-income. Bloomfield created a blueprint to narrow and eventually eliminate the achievement gap–and its four-year trajectory of student performance proves that it’s working.

Read it here.

Demystifying Student Assessment


Everyone has an opinion today about whether school assessments are good for students, how many assessments students should be taken each year, and the effects of assessments on students’ well-being. Just what are all these tests, and how are they related to each other?

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May 20
CT Mirror– Op-Ed: Test data matters for Connecticut. Education is a science
By Jeffrey Villar In a recent piece covered by the CTMirror, Mary Quinn-Devine, an English teacher, says, “We’re not against testing. We’re against this test… It’s just data collection.” I couldn’t disagree more with these sentiments. Teachers and union leaders who repeat Ms. Quinn-Devine’s mantra seem to be implying that data collection has no place
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