Report Applauds Efforts To Reform Education System, Says More Needs To Be Done

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ A new report praises Connecticut’s efforts to overhaul its public education system but warns more needs to be done to close the state’s achievement gap between low-income students and wealthier students.

The Connecticut Council for Education Reform, a statewide nonprofit organization, on Tuesday credited the state with embracing “common core” educational standards to prepare students for college and careers. But the group’s report said more needs to be done to expand quality preschool programs and identify and help students who are falling behind.

The group, which is working to close the state’s achievement gap, praised Connecticut for linking teacher tenure to effectiveness, but said more needs to be done to increase the number of effective teachers in Connecticut.

Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy in 2012 pushed for the school reforms.

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