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Response to 2011 CMT Results

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HARTFORD, CT – Today’s release of the Connecticut Mastery Test (CMT) results shows some encouraging trends. Between 2006 and 2011, the percent of low-income students performing at or above the goal level increased by nearly a third in math and by nearly 40 percent in reading in grade 3. Additionally, gaps in achievement between low-income and non-low-income students narrowed in both subjects in grade 3. The performance of low-income students; however, still remains unacceptable with 34 percent of low-income students scoring at or above the goal level in reading.

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Hartford Courant: CEO’s Aim to Disrupt Status Quo

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By Rick Green

Publish by Hartford Courant, July 13, 2011

In a discouraging ritual that surprises almost nobody, the mastery test scores will be announced Wednesday, again revealing a vast achievement gap for poor and minority students.

We’ve had years of studies, commissions, press conferences and promises, but the gap remains. From graduation rates to third grade reading, poor and minoritychildren continue to struggle and fail.

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CT News Junkie: Nonprofit Hopes Business Input Will Help Close Achievement Gap

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By Hugh McQuaid

Published by CT News Junkie, July 12, 2011

A nonprofit group consisting predominately of business leaders and inspired by a commission appointed by former-Gov. M. Jodi Rell called Tuesday for the implementation of 65 recommendations included its report, which they said will help to close Connecticut’s worst-in-the-country achievement gap.

The group originated as the Connecticut Commission on Education Achievement, a Rell initiative comprised of philanthropic and business leaders. And according to Chairwoman Peyton R. Patterson, former CEO of New Alliance Bank, business input is why the group will succeed where other nonprofits have failed.

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Business Leaders Launch Statewide Education Reform Organization Group Focused on Driving Comprehensive Education Reform: Evolved from Connecticut Commission on Educational Achievement

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HARTFORD, CT – A new non-profit was announced today, comprised mainly of business leaders with the goal of closing the state’s achievement gap and raising academic outcomes for all students.

The Connecticut Council for Education Reform was born out of the Connecticut Commission on Educational Achievement, a bipartisan group of business and philanthropic leaders appointed by former Governor Rell to make recommendations for closing Connecticut’s achievement gap, the largest in the nation.

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Achievement Gap Grows on Connecticut Academic Performance Test (2011)

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The official launch of the new education group—The Connecticut Council for Education Reform could not have come at a better time. With the Council’s dedication to significantly closing Connecticut’s achievement gap, the results of the 2011 Connecticut Academic Performance Test (CAPT), given in grade 10, point to the urgency of the issue.

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Hartford Business Journal: New CT Education Reform Panel Born

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Published by Hartford Business Journal, July 12, 2011

Former NewAlliance Bank chief R. Peyton Patterson and other Connecticut business leaders have formed a Hartford nonprofit aimed at closing the state’s education achievement gap.

The Connecticut Council for Education Reform is the result of bipartisan blue-ribbon commission established by former Gov. M. Jodi Rell to come up with solutions for boosting academic achievement among students from low-income households.

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Hartford Courant: Business Led School Reform Group Launches In Conn

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Associated Press

Published by Hartford Courant, July 12, 2011

HARTFORD, CT – Several corporate leaders are launching a nonprofit organization to push for education reforms in Connecticut, saying changes are critical to the state’s business climate, economy and the quality of its workforce.

The group members, including some current and former corporate presidents, announced Tuesday at the state Capitol that their new Connecticut Council for Education Reform is picking up where the Connecticut Commission on Educational Achievement left off last year.

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Business Leaders to Launch Statewide Education Reform Organization

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HARTFORD, CT – Business leaders will announce a new statewide non-profit focused on driving comprehensive education reform. Born out of the governor-appointed Connecticut Commission on Educational Achievement, the new entity is committed to closing the achievement gap and improving education overall in Connecticut.

The Connecticut Council for Education Reform will announce its membership and agenda at the press conference.

 

Who: The Connecticut Council for Education Reform

When: Tuesday, July 12, 2011 at 10:00 a.m.

Where: State Capitol, Rm. 314, Hartford

What: Business Leaders Launch the Connecticut Council for Education Reform

CT Mirror: Teacher Evaluation Policies Must Reflect Student Needs

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Op Ed By Shana Kennedy-Salchow

While most of the sound and fury during this legislative session has centered on the state’s budget deficit, there are crucial education issues that cry out for attention. For example, Connecticut’s current statutes related to teacher employment and evaluation policies are out of date. They are unfair to students and our best teachers and give us a competitive disadvantage when it comes to attracting and maintaining effective teachers…

These changes ensure that our most effective teachers remain and improve in the classroom, our struggling teachers receive the help they need, and our students receive the instruction they deserve. They also ensure that Connecticut is able to compete for ambitious teachers– those who want to find new ways to help students perform at their best and to be recognized for doing so.

The bill should be amended to allow districts to give primary consideration to evaluation outcomes. This way, they could first lay off teachers identified as needing “intensive supervision and assistance” with their current evaluation processes. It makes no sense to lay off a teacher who has been documented as being a great teacher while keeping someone who has been identified as struggling simply because he has more years of experience. This practice is unfair to our best teachers but most of all to our students who will receive the ultimate consequence of poor academic instruction and preparation for the future.

It is time for Connecticut’s legislature to put the needs of our students and teachers over the archaic and debilitating policies and practices that govern our teacher employment decisions today.

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Stamford Advocate: Achievement Gap More Than a Black and White Issue

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By Maggie Gordon

The achievement gap between low-income and non-low-income students in Connecticut is the largest in the nation, according to data from the National Center for Education Statistics…

‘The fascinating thing here is that when you look at low-income kids in Connecticut, we oftentimes are in the bottom one-third of states…’ said Shana Kennedy, co-executive director of the Connecticut Commission on Educational Achievement…

‘Connecticut’s overall performance is pretty impressive; we tend to be in the top five overall, and I think for a long time we were able to hide behind that,’ Kennedy said.

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