Committee Outlines Plan to Reduce Education "Achievement Gap"

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ A state-appointed education committee says it has a ten-year plan to help reduce Connecticut’s achievement gap between low-income students and their peers, which it says is the worst in the country.

The Connecticut Commission on Educational Achievement released a report Tuesday suggesting the state adopt higher uniform expectations for students, do more to support and track the progress of low-income students and hold education officials more accountable for performance.

The group also calls for reform in teacher certification and promotions.

The commission says many of its recommendations call for reallocating resources and over time should help shrink a 34-point gap between the state’s poorest and more affluent students.

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