|Efforts to increase accountability and provide additional resources to improve public education will be undermined completely if we don’t hold the same high expectations for all students, regardless of personal circumstance. This means providing them with the supports and experiences they need to succeed, helping parents to get involved in the process, and then raising the bar as we measure students’ performances.
If we want to hold students to high expectations, we also have to provide them with the tools they need to succeed.
Our recommendations seek to raise expectations for our students by calling for:
- Aligning statewide curricula to high standards; and
- Having students demonstrate high school level achievement by requiring them to pass the Connecticut Academic Performance Test (or equivalent proficiency measure) before receiving a diploma.
||We want to provide students with the supports that they need to succeed at these levels by calling for:
Aching to learn more about how we can raise expectations of our students? Read pages 12-15 of our report!
- Expanding access to high-quality preschool and full-day kindergarten;
- Maximizing parental involvement;
- Identifying and supporting low-achieving students early in their academic careers; and
- Using frequent student progress measures to inform instruction.