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Hartford Courant: Blueprint For Public Schools

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Published by Hartford Courant, December 27, 2010

Agenda 2011 Goals: End the achievement gap, get A’s on nation’s report card

This state does well in schooling better-off suburban children. But it fails low-income children, who are mostly concentrated in city schools. Poor students in the fourth and eighth grades in Connecticut score three grade levels below their more comfortable peers — the worst achievement gap in the nation — even though this state is among the highest per-pupil spenders in the nation.

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Connecticut Post: Education a Top Priority

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Published by Connecticut Post, December 27, 2010

Among the new courses Gov.-elect Dan Malloy will set in the coming year is that for the state’s Education Department.

He has said he will run a national search for a person to replace Education Commissioner Mark K. McQuillan, who was appointed to the job in January 2007 and who resigned last week.

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Connecticut Post: Improve Chances for Every Student

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Published by Connecticut Post, December 17, 2010

Some of the arguments made in the recent opinion piece “Educational problems run deeper than achievement gap” are indeed correct. The recent PISA (Program for International Student Assessment) results reinforce the need for the entire nation, not just Connecticut, to address and reform education for students at every level.

However, the opinion piece misses the mark in that improving educational outcomes for high-performing and low-performing students are not mutually exclusive goals.

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Connecticut Post: Reaching Out to Malloy on Education

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Published by Connecticut Post, December 10, 2010

Dear Gov.-elect Malloy,

On Nov. 16, a partnership led by the Bridgeport Public Education Fund and the Bridgeport Child Advocacy Coalition with support from Bridgeport Alliance for Young Children, Regional Youth/Adult Social Action Partnership, School Volunteer Association, and Bridgeport Partnership for Student Success held a panel presentation on the report issued by the Connecticut Commission on Educational Achievement. Over 150 people, from across the state, attended the presentation at Housatonic Community College. Commissioners David Carson, Carla Klein, Dudley Williams, and Co-Executive Director Shana Kennedy were the panelists.

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Hartford Courant: Education Commissioner Is Critical Choice For Malloy

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By Rick Green

Published by Hartford Courant, December 10, 2010

Reformer needed to address state’s school issues

The most critical selection Gov.-elect Dan Malloy will make for his administration will be the toughest.

Connecticut’s next commissioner of education must make bold changes while also placating powerful teacher unions and their political supporters.

The difficult questions facing Connecticut — how will municipalities pay for education, where will our future workforce come from, is it possible to shrink the worst-in-the-nation achievement gap between white and minority students? — are wrapped up in our public schools.

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Hartford Courant: November 2010

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Published by Hartford Courant, November 24, 2010

Connecticut’s academic achievement gap lasts all the way through senior year of high school and remains the largest in the nation, a school reform group says.

ConnCAN, an education advocacy group, said its analysis shows that the state’s low-income and minority 12th-graders performed about three grade levels behind their white, middle-class peers on national test results released last week.

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New Haven Register: Achievement Gap Still a Problem in Conn.

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By Abbe Smith, Register Staff

Published by New Haven Register, November 24, 2010

Two education reports issued this month offer some positive news about schools across the state, but highlight the persistent problem of a wide achievement gap in Connecticut.

The results are in from a national math and reading test given for the first time to high school seniors throughout Connecticut, and students performed better than the national average.

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Hartford Courant: U.S. Census – State’s Percentage Of College Graduates Increases, But Its National Ranking Declines

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By Kathleen Megan

Published by Hartford Courant, November 19, 2010

In 1990, Connecticut ranked first among states in people with bachelor’s degrees; now it’s fourth

Connecticut continues to have one of the most-educated populations in the country, but according to the latest data from the U.S. Census, its ranking nationally has slipped.

The data released this fall as part of the U.S. Census American Community Survey rank Connecticut fourth among states in the percentage of adults 25 and older with bachelor’s degrees; for advanced degrees, its ranking is third.

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Education Week: Achievement Gap Solutions Raise Questions of Cost in Conn.

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Published by Education Week, November 1, 2010

New recommendations on how to narrow the state’s gaping achievement gap met with cautious approval among local education leaders, but concerns remain about the cost of implementing reforms.

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Connecticut Post Editorial: School Gap Plan a Good First Step

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Proposals put forth last week by the Connecticut Commission on Educational Achievement, a panel formed by Gov. M. Jodi Rell to recommend ways to close the achievement gap between affluent/white and poor/minority students in the state, deserve close study.

Connecticut’s achievement gap is the largest in the nation. Closing the gap is essential to the state’s future and is a matter of basic human rights…

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