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Doyle, Daniela; Han, Jiye Grace – ConnCAN, 2012
This report highlights 10 of the most advanced and talked-about teacher evaluation systems nationally: Delaware; Rhode Island; Tennessee; Hillsborough County, Florida; Houston, Texas; New Haven, Connecticut; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Washington, DC (referred to throughout just as Washington); Achievement First (a charter management organization,…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Profiles, Teacher Evaluation, Site Analysis
ConnCAN, 2012
This paper presents information on Connecticut's education for 2012. Information is presented on the following: (1) Who Attends Connecticut Public Schools? (2010-2011); (2) Public School Data (2010-2011); (3) Connecticut's National Achievement Gap Rankings; (4) Changes in Connecticut K-12 Education; (5) Competitive Federal Stimulus Grants per…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Achievement Gap, Educational Finance, Reading Tests
ConnCAN, 2011
Our elected officials have some big math problems to solve this year, from an unsustainable $3.7 billion deficit to zero job growth. Education is the most important investment we make in our state's future, but it's where we're getting the worst return on our money. Low-income students are further behind in Connecticut than in every other state,…
Descriptors: Educational Finance, Educational Policy, State Policy, Educational Improvement
ConnCAN, 2011
The research is clear: teachers are the most important factor in raising student achievement in schools. If Connecticut is serious about closing our worst-in-the-nation achievement gap and raising academic performance for all students, there must be an excellent teacher in every classroom. Connecticut's budget crisis will likely lead to widespread…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Achievement Gap, Job Layoff, Educational Improvement
Alexander, Jennifer; Spurrier, Alex; Sauer, Jordan – ConnCAN, 2011
For the past five years, ConnCAN (Connecticut Coalition for Achievement Now) has analyzed the state's graduation rates; this Issue Brief provides a more detailed examination of the latest data. In addition to relatively flat graduation rates across the board in Connecticut, the data reveal dramatic, persistent gaps by race. These numbers point to…
Descriptors: Graduation Rate, Racial Differences, Educational Policy, State Policy
Greenberg-Ellis, Rebecca, Ed.; Coleman, Brittany, Ed. – ConnCAN, 2011
This paper presents Connecticut Coalition for Achievement Now's (ConnCAN's) annual report for 2011. For those who believe that Connecticut's public education system is in need of major repair, 2011 was a tough year. Despite the best efforts and bold intentions of ConnCAN and other like-minded individuals and organizations, the status quo…
Descriptors: Annual Reports, Public Education, Achievement Gap, Achievement Gains
Greenberg-Ellis, Rebecca, Ed. – ConnCAN, 2011
The Connecticut Coalition for Achievement Now (ConnCAN) kicked off 2010 with its legislative campaign, "Our Race to the Top." This campaign resulted in the passage of a slate of progressive education reform bills. During the summer months, it ran the "Vote for Ed" campaign, which put the issue of Connecticut's struggling public…
Descriptors: Annual Reports, Educational Legislation, Advocacy, Public Education
Truscheit, Tori – ConnCAN, 2010
This paper presents Connecticut Coalition for Achievement Now's (ConnCAN's) fourth annual "State of Connecticut Public Education" report. In addition to ConnCAN's traditional look at the state of Connecticut public schools, this year's report takes a look at Connecticut's policy environment: namely, where it stands in the "Race to…
Descriptors: Public Education, Public Policy, Annual Reports, Educational Policy
Truscheit, Tori – ConnCAN, 2010
Teachers are the most important factor in whether a student achieves in the classroom, so closing the achievement gap means improving the effectiveness of our teachers and their principals. But right now, no one really knows how effective our teachers are. The Obama administration recognizes that many states' evaluation systems are broken, and the…
Descriptors: Educational Policy, State Policy, Federal Programs, Achievement Gap
Truscheit, Tori – ConnCAN, 2010
In recent years, public charter schools in Connecticut and around the United States have proven that students living in poverty are capable of high achievement. President Obama said in a July 2009 interview, "Charters, which are within the public school system, force the kind of experimentation and innovation that helps to drive excellence in…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Educational Policy, State Policy, School Law
Truscheit, Tori – ConnCAN, 2009
Closing the achievement gap is about improving teaching and learning, but it's also about money: teachers and principals must be paid, books must be ordered, and facilities must be built. How our schools are financed can play a major role in student achievement. Where money comes from, how much is spent, and what it is spent on are issues that…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Achievement Gap, Educational Finance, State Aid
Hassel, Bryan C.; Doyle, Daniela – ConnCAN, 2009
Thirty years ago, the Connecticut Supreme Court forced our state to take stock of its system for funding schools. Our poorest towns had thousands of dollars less per child to spend. Today, our poorest districts spend roughly the same as our richest, but Connecticut's poor children still score far below their wealthy peers. Our school finance…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Educational Finance, Investment, Costs
Silberstein, Adena, Ed. – ConnCAN, 2009
This paper presents Connecticut Coalition for Achievement Now's (ConnCAN's) annual report for 2009. Contents of this annual report include: (1) The Beginning; (2) Our Vision; (3) What We Do; (4) Getting Results; (5) Research--Action; (6) What's Next; (7) Take Action; and (8) The Organization. [For "ConnCAN Annual Report 2008: Faces of…
Descriptors: Annual Reports, Organizational Effectiveness, Organizational Objectives, Organizational Theories
Rutzick, Karen, Ed. – ConnCAN, 2008
This paper presents Connecticut Coalition for Achievement Now's (ConnCAN's) annual report for 2008. The pages of this report are filled with the "Faces of Change" in Connecticut education. These students, teachers, principals, community leaders, and parents are working in their own ways to fix Connecticut's public schools. Over the past…
Descriptors: Annual Reports, Change Strategies, Educational Change, Public Schools
ConnCAN, 2007
In January 2005, leaders from Connecticut's business, higher education and civic communities came together to create the Connecticut Coalition for Achievement Now (ConnCAN): a nonprofit organization designed to be a catalyst for the fundamental changes needed to move Connecticut from having the largest to having the smallest achievement gap in the…
Descriptors: Achievement Gap, Nonprofit Organizations, Educational Change, Change Strategies