Called to Account: New Directions in School Accountability-Connecticut Issue

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This report, produced by the Education Week Research Center, serves as a supplement to the publication’s annual Quality Counts report-which grades states on academic and other outcomes. The report on Connecticut looks at three areas: a student’s “Chance-for-Success”, school finance, and K-12 achievement. Connecticut earns an average score of B-, only slightly better than the national average of C. Among other observations, the report notes that:
  • On the Chance-for-Success Index-which seeks to capture the importance of education across an individual’s lifetime-Connecticut came in 4th in the nation. (This index explores indicators about early childhood, school years, and adult outcomes.)
  • In the report’s school finance analysis, Connecticut comes in third in the nation-ranking high on indicators of spending, and low to middle-of-the-pack on issues related to equity.
  • Although Connecticut has shown improvement on the National Assessment for Education Progress (NAEP), short-term dips make projections for future achievement trends uncertain.
  • Our academic gains on NAEP took place during a period in which our student population grew increasingly diverse.

Read the full report here.