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Teacher and Administrator Preparation: Another SBE Opportunity

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Did you know research has shown that teacher quality is the most important factor in the academic achievement of students?  Or that in 2010, the CT State Department of Education identified an “urgent need” for effective school leaders in the state?  Given the importance of teacher and school leader effectiveness, we think it’s time to explore the programs that prepare Connecticut’s educators.Read More »

Update on the Achievement Gap Task Force

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The CT Achievement Gap Task Force had its first meeting on November 14th at the Legislative Office Building. The eleven-member group is responsible for developing a master plan that will identify the academic achievement gaps that exist across various groups, focus efforts to close those gaps, and establish annual benchmarks while implementing their recommendations. The legislation establishing this task force set a goal to close Connecticut’s achievement gap by January 1, 2020. This is the “second chapter” of the original task force that met over several months in 2010 and issued its report in January of 2011.  Recent legislation requires the establishment of an Interagency Task Force, representing the government’s key stakeholders, to develop and, more importantly, implement the plan. Read More »

Education Reform Will Be Focus of Legislative Session

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By: Dr. Joseph Cirasuolo, Executive Director of Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents

It has taken some time, but, the Connecticut education community has begun to accept the notion that real and fundamental change to our public education system is not only necessary, but essential if we want to help our children succeed.  This is not the time to tinker around the edges, but to take major steps toward restructuring what we do, how we do it and who will take responsibility for improving student achievement in our state.  We expect that education reform will be a major theme of the next session of the General Assembly and it is important that all of us engage in the discussion about how we can restore Connecticut’s place as a leader in public education and in student achievement.Read More »

Welcome!

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Welcome to the Blog for the Connecticut Council for Education Reform! We at CCER want this to be a platform for you to keep abreast of important education issues and the “go to place” for education events, to expand your awareness of particular education topics, and to share the knowledge you already have! This space will provide you with: Read More »

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