Appropriations Committee

JOINT FAVORABLE REPORT

Bill No.:

SB-929

Title:

AN ACT CONCERNING CLOSING THE ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT GAP.

Vote Date:

4/25/2011

Vote Action:

Joint Favorable Substitute

PH Date:

2/23/2011

File No.:

SPONSORS OF BILL:

Education Committee

REASONS FOR BILL:

The original bill was stripped, replaced with LCO No. 5452, AN ACT CONCERNING CLOSING THE ACHIEVEMENT GAP and incorporates parts of HB 6432 (achievement gap) and HB 6500 (student goals).

The new purpose of SB 929 will create and utilize a task force to address growing concerns about the achievement gap in Connecticut by analyzing various student groups. The task force will, no later than January 1, 2012, submit a master plan to the General Assembly that relates what they have learned. The task force will submit annual reports, beginning January 1, 2013 through January 1, 2020, on the implementation of the master plan that will lead to the end of the achievement gap in Connecticut. An Interagency Council for Ending the Achievement Gap will also be created to assist the task force, as will other models, curriculums, and resource centers. The bill also authorizes the Education Commissioner to conduct a best practices literacy pilot study.

Additionally, local Boards of Education that meet certain requirements designating them as a “low achieving school” will be allowed to increase the length of school sessions or the length of the school day in order to improve school performance. The bill updates school readiness requirements by pushing up the date on which a child will turn the age of five and be eligible to attend kindergarten, effective July 1, 2015. The bill also creates a math testing requirement for new elementary school teachers effective July 1, 2015.

RESPONSE FROM ADMINISTRATION/AGENCY:

See Education JF Report

NATURE AND SOURCES OF SUPPORT:

See Education JF Report

NATURE AND SOURCES OF OPPOSITION:

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Reported by: Vanessa Dale Burns

Date: 05/03/2011