New Haven, Conn- The Connecticut Council for Education Reform (CCER) today released the following statement in response to the 2013 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) results:

Yesterday’s release of the NAEP 2013 results emphasizes the continued need to reshape Connecticut’s public education system.

“With respect to solving Connecticut’s most persistent education problem, the achievement gap, much work still remains to be done. Every child in our state deserves an exceptional education, without exception,” said Jeffery Villar, Executive Director of CCER.

Based on the 2013 NAEP results, Connecticut continues to have the widest gap in the nation between low-income students and their peers. Connecticut also shows large racial gaps in achievement in both reading and math.

On average, Connecticut students have shown no significant change in either reading or math achievement since the 2011 NAEP.

“As a state, I know we can do better,” Villar said. “CCER will do what it can to help in narrowing Connecticut’s achievement gap.”

About the Connecticut Council for Education Reform

The Connecticut Council for Education Reform (CCER) is a statewide, non-partisan, 501(c)(3) organization that works to close the achievement gap while raising academic outcomes for all students in Connecticut. The achievement gap is the disparity in academic achievement between minority and children and their peers. We support reforms that advance best practices and innovations in education to ensure that every child has an exceptional education. We do our work primarily by: (1) advocating for state policies and state and local practices that research shows have the best chance of raising achievement for high-need student populations; (2) working directly with districts to build strong systems that will support reform efforts; and (3) raising public awareness about the need to affect long-term, sweeping change in the public education system. Our Board of Directors is comprised of prominent business and civic leaders who are deeply committed to our mission.


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