Who We Are

Every year, every child deserves a chance to be exceptional, without exception. As the business and civic voice for comprehensive improvements to public education, we advocate for policies that work at the state level, and collaborate with state, district and school leaders to support implementation at the local level.

The Connecticut Council for Education Reform (CCER) is a statewide 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that works to narrow the achievement gap and raise academic outcomes for all students in Connecticut. The achievement gap is the disparity in academic achievement between children from low-income families, children of color, and their peers. We advance our mission by: (1) partnering with Connecticut’s lowest­-performing districts (the “Alliance Districts”) to lift their management capacity so that they can better support teaching and learning; (2) advocating for state-­level policies designed to narrow gaps in achievement; and (3) increasing public awareness about the need for reform.

Our History

Established independently in 2011 by several members of the original Connecticut Commission on Educational Achievement (CCEA), CCER works to carry out the 67 policy recommendations identified by CCEA as having the greatest potential to improve public education by narrowing the achievement gap and raising overall student achievement.

Our Work

Raising Public Awareness the Need for Reform and Effective Solutions

CCER advocates for the adoption of policies and best practices in six areas:

  1. Demand Accountability
  2. High Expectations
  3. Foster Leadership
  4. Excellent Teaching
  5. Invest Intelligently
  6. Turnaround Schools


Working Directly with Districts and Schools

  • CCER provides Connecticut’s lowest-performing district with free services and resources to improve the systems that impact teaching and learning.
  • On an ad hoc basis, we help districts to analyze their needs and systems, think strategically about raising student achievement, and connect with the right resources to improve. Some examples of district-level systems that might need improvement are:
    • Operations
    • Human Resources
    • Finances
    • Curriculum
    • Data Management
    • Strategic Planning
  • Beyond helping individual districts, we learn from them about their needs and use that knowledge to inform future policy efforts.