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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.

CT ViewPoints: Providing exceptional education to all students requires more accountability, not less

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By Jeffrey Villar

In this op-ed, Jeffrey describes the importance of accountability structures in protecting students within the education system. He comments on the recent release of teacher evaluation results in Connecticut, and what it means in the policy arena. 

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Connecticut’s Special Education Funding Dilemma

blog-templateHow does funding for special education work in Connecticut? In this brief, we uncover the state’s process of refunding districts for special education expenses, analyze some of the challenges, and provide a case study in one district.

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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 […]

CT Mirror: Education heavyweights draw line in the sand on teacher ratings
4 Mar 16

  The coalition believes ongoing and effective evaluations are an essential tool to help both teachers and principals to identify their strengths, areas of growth and professional development. The coalition opposes […]

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