Turning the Curve in Reading
A public forum on Connecticut's achievement gap in reading
Held at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford, April 8, 2014
Dian Prestwich, assistant director of the Office of Literacy at the Colorado Department of Education, gives her presentation. Looking on, from foreground to background: State representatives Douglas McCrory of Hartford and Jason Rojas of East Hartford, Commission on Children Executive Director Elaine Zimmerman, Representative Patricia Billie Miller of Stamford, Joseph McGee of the Fairfield County Business Council, and state Education Commissioner Stefan Pryor.
The 2013 Connecticut Mastery Test in reading revealed that 68 percent of Hispanic, African-American, and poor students were not "at goal" in their reading skills by the end of the third grade. Indeed, Connecticut still ranks among the worst in the nation when it comes to the achievement gap—the distance that black, Hispanic, and poor students must go to catch up to their white, wealthier classmates in reading skills.
But there are some promising approaches to finally solving the problem.
To explore those approaches, the Commission on Children, the legislature's Black & Puerto Rican Caucus, and the state's Achievement Gap Task Force held a public forum, "Turning the Curve on Reading."
Officials from Florida and Colorado gave presentations on the novel steps their states are taking to close the gap, while researchers gave a progress report on a promising pilot program they’re overseeing here in
To buy the recording on DVD, visit the CT-N website. Running time: 3 hours, 20 minutes.
- Dian Prestwich, assistant director of the Office of Literacy at the Colorado Department of Education
- Kevin Smith, research alliance manager for the Florida Center for Reading Research at Florida State University
- Margie Gillis, founder and president of Literacy How
- Michael Coyne, associate professor and research scientist at the Neag School of Education, University of Connecticut
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