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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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CCER’s 2016 Policy Progress Report
10 Nov 16

Each year, we hold ourselves accountable by tracking the number of policies from our original 10-year policy plan to narrow the achievement gap that have been implemented in Connecticut.  In 2012, Connecticut […]

Inkling News: Connecticut Calls for Reevaluation of State Education System and Funding
18 Oct 16

By: Channing Smith Jeffrey Villar, executive director of the Connecticut Council for Education Reform, points out that revamping Connecticut’s school system stretches far beyond rationalizing the distribution of funding—it also […]

New Haven Register (opinion): New Haven superintendent’s departure underscores need to stabilize local control
29 Sep 16

By: Jeffrey Villar Connecticut will barrel into a period in which Bridgeport, Hartford, and New Haven will all be searching for new district leaders — and competing for top candidates. […]

15 Sep 16

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: CONTACT: Nicki Perkins EMAIL: PHONE: (203) 506-5799 New Haven, Connecticut – Today, September 15, 2016, Connecticut Attorney General George Jepson announced plans to appeal Judge Thomas Moukawsher’s decision in […]

CT Viewpoints (opinion): Judge correctly identified need for systemic public education overhaul.
13 Sep 16

By: Jeffrey Villar The ink isn’t yet dry on Judge Thomas Moukawsher’s ruling in CCJEFv. Rell — originally brought in 2005 — and Connecticut must already prepare to defend its educational […]

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE–Better Outcomes Require More Than Funding
7 Sep 16

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: CONTACT: Nicki Perkins EMAIL: PHONE: (203) 506-5799   Hartford, Connecticut – Today, September 7th, Superior Court Judge Thomas Moukawsher ruled on an almost-11-year-old case about the constitutionality of Connecticut’s […]

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