The Achievement Gap
When people speak of the "achievement gap," they’re usually referring to how well poor and minority students perform in comparison to other students. Gaps are typically measured with standardized-test scores, dropout rates, and other indicators. Connecticut, unfortunately, has repeatedly ranked as the state with the widest achievement gaps in the nation, particularly when comparing poor students with their better-off peers.
'The Nation's Report Card'
The U.S. Department of Education conducts an ongoing National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), including reading and math tests known as "The Nation's Report Card." These are the results most commonly used to assess the achievement gap, both nationally and on the state level.
Reading Early and Well: Connecticut's Comprehensive Reading Plan
The Commission on Children and the legislature's Black & Puerto Rican Caucus hosted a public forum on April 21, 2015 to highlight components of the state’s plan for reading instruction, including new—and encouraging—data from a pilot instruction program. PowerPoint slides, video and more.
Turning the Curve in Reading
The Commission, the legislature's Black & Puerto Rican Caucus, and the state's Achievement Gap Task Force held a public forum
on April 8, 2014 to explore the latest approaches to closing our achievement gap in reading. Officials from Florida and Colorado gave presentations on the novel steps their states are taking, while researchers gave a progress report on a promising pilot program they’re overseeing here in Connecticut. Video, PowerPoint slides, and more
Here to Learn: Chronic Absence and the Achievement Gap
With research showing that missing 10 percent of the school year—for any reason—can make it impossible for a student to master reading by the end of the third grade, the Commission and its partners held a public forum on November 12, 2013 to learn what's being done on the national, state, and local levels to improve attendance. Agenda, PowerPoint slides, and more
Reading Excellence and the Achievement Gap
One way to close Connecticut's worst-in-the-nation achievement gap in reading is to modernize the way we teach our children to read. A pilot program that does just that has produced some encouraging early data, according to experts who spoke on Wednesday, March 20, at a forum co-sponsored by the Commission. Video, PowerPoint slides, and more
Reading: The Engine for School Success
With Connecticut facing the largest reading gap in the nation, a panel discussion was held in Hartford on April 5, 2011 to identify what changes need to be made in the way we teach our children how to read. The Commission was one of the partners in the event, which was sponsored by the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving and hosted by the legislature's Black and Puerto Rican Caucus. Watch video, download documents, and more
The Achievement Gap in Connecticut and Surrounding States
This 2011 report from the legislature's non-partisan Office of Legislative Research compares how the achievement gap is defined in Connecticut and surrounding states and gives a history of Connecticut's achievement gap. Download the report (PDF, 5 pages) | OLR website
Connecticut Council for Education Reform
CCER is a statewide nonprofit organization that represents business and civic leaders who "support comprehensive education reform efforts to close the achievement gap and raise academic outcomes for all students." CCER home
Connecticut Education Data and Research (CEDaR)
A new portal created by the state Department of Education to allow users to compare data by district and school. CEDaR portal
This page was last updated:
February 5, 2016