FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 11, 2012
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Communications Director Kevin Flood
Hartford-Connecticut children are used to receiving report cards, but what about measuring the policies and programs meant to help them grow up safe, healthy, and successful? An online "report card" under development by the Connecticut General Assembly will help in doing just that.
Under legislation adopted in 2011, the legislature's Select Committee on Children is required to develop an annual Report Card to help the public evaluate state policies and programs affecting children. The legislation further requires applying results-based accountability (RBA) principles to the effort, so that anyone reading the Report Card can see exactly how well a program is doing in achieving its goals and where changes might be needed.
On Tuesday, September 11, the Connecticut Commission on Children heard a presentation on the progress so far in creating an interactive website for the Report Card at CTkidsreportcard.org. State Representative Diana Urban of North Stonington, who co-chairs the Select Committee on Children, led the presentation. The Commission also heard from leaders of the teams created to gather data for four key indicators: child health, safety, stability, and likelihood of future success. The teams drew their members from various government agencies and nonprofit groups involved in making things better for all children in Connecticut.
Representative Urban told the Commission that the Report Card is also crucial in ensuring the state spends tax dollars effectively. "In these times we need to be using the resources of our state to their best possible end," she said. And to do that, she added, "We need to be sure that we're using data to drive our policies."
Though the Report Card remains under development and contains limited statistical information now, it eventually will include much more, Urban said.
Commission Chairman George Coleman, who recently retired as acting commissioner of the state Department of Education, congratulated the Select Committee and its team leaders for their work so far. "Speaking as a parent and former educator, there's something really powerful about a report card," he said.
Connecticut Network (CT-N) video and documents from the presentation can be found on the Commission on Children website, at www.cga.ct.gov/coc/reportcard.htm.
About the Commission on Children: Created with bipartisan support in 1985 by the Connecticut General Assembly, the Commission on Children brings together the various levels of government, the private sector, nonprofit agencies, and philanthropy to promote public policies in the best interests of children. Its board members, who serve as volunteers, are appointed by legislative leaders of both parties. It has a staff of six. For more information, visit www.cga.ct.gov/coc.