Jeff Villar, executive director for the Connecticut Council on Education Reform, wasn’t so sanguine about the test results.
“The governor is 100 percent correct, Connecticut is showing positive progress as measured by improved graduation rates and year over year Smarter Balanced Scores which is good news,” Villar said in an email. “However, no matter how you dice it, nearly fifty percent of our Alliance Districts failed to make the level of progress that their peers have despite the addition of significant state funding and intervention. We must expect all Alliance Districts to make high levels of progress. In school, a 50 is still an F.”
“Connecticut must do better for all of our children. We need a greater sense of urgency if we are going to close our persistent gaps in student achievement across the state.
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