Connecticut Returning to School Amidst Worst Achievement Gap in the Nation

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HARTFORD, CT – More than 550-thousand Connecticut children return to the classroom this week, but they are returning to a state system that is producing the largest achievement gap in the nation.

In Connecticut, the gap between low-income and non low-income students is wider than that of any other state. Studies show that 4th and 8th grade low-income students in the state are, on average, roughly three grade-levels or more behind non low-income students in reading and math.Read More »

Governor Rell Establishes Citizens’ Education Commission to Help Close Achievement Gap

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Governor M. Jodi Rell today announced that Connecticut children have another strong advocate in their corner for quality public education with the establishment of the Connecticut Commission on Educational Achievement.

The volunteer and privately funded commission, which is composed primarily of business leaders and includes several other professionals, was established by Governor Rell through Executive Order No. 40. The group will research why Connecticut has one of the largest achievement gaps between low-income students and their more affluent peers, and make recommendations to the Governor, lawmakers, relevant state and local institutions and the public on how to close it.Read More »

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