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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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Hartford Courant: Gov. Malloy Touts Smarter Balanced Scores
19 Aug 16

By: Kathy Megan Jeff Villar, executive director for the Connecticut Council on Education Reform, wasn’t so sanguine about the test results. “The governor is 100 percent correct, Connecticut is showing positive […]

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE–CT Sees Improvements Under Common Core
18 Aug 16

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: CONTACT: Nicki Perkins EMAIL: Nicki.perkins@ctedreform.org PHONE: (203) 506-5799 Hartford, Connecticut – Today, August 18, 2016, the Connecticut State Department of Education released preliminary results for the 2016 Smarter Balanced Assessment […]

Hartford Courant: Student Scores Improve On Smarter Balanced Test
18 Aug 16

By: Kathy Megan Connecticut students who took the state’s Smarter Balanced test in the spring showed significant improvement over last year, though less than half of the state’s students are meeting […]

NewsTimes: After court battle, school funding debate will fall to Connecticut legislators
16 Aug 16

By: Rob Ryser DANBURY — A legal fight that has been fought for years over the state’s formula for funding public schools is finally in the hands of a judge. A […]

Middletown Press: Connecticut SAT results called ‘good start’ — and ‘sobering’
4 Aug 16

By: Brian Zahn In a statement bemoaning the achievement gap, Jeffrey Villar, executive director of the Connecticut Council for Education Reform, said “these results aren’t good enough.” “Connecticut can do so […]

New Haven Register: Connecticut SAT results called ‘good start’ — and ‘sobering’
4 Aug 16

By: Brian Zahn In a statement bemoaning the achievement gap, Jeffrey Villar, executive director of the Connecticut Council for Education Reform, said “these results aren’t good enough.” “Connecticut can do so […]

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