Education

Black students improve scores in all areas
6:21 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

86 percent of Conn. class of 2014 took the SAT

About 86 percent of Connecticut’s high school graduating class of 2014 took the SAT exam.  That’s according to a new report from the College Board, which created and administers the test.

That SAT participation rate is a slight increase over the class of 2013. Participation rates grew more sharply for black and Hispanic students in the state.

Connecticut’s average scores in writing and math dipped slightly from 2013, while reading scores reading scores stayed flat.

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National Blue Ribbon Schools Program
6:02 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Schools in Conn. & Long Island receive federal "Blue Ribbon" honor

Credit The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program

Several Connecticut schools and one Suffolk County school are among those called exemplary by the U.S. Department of Education Tuesday.

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Immigration
4:12 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Connecticut schools adapt to enrollment spike of unaccompanied alien minors

The front entrance of Neighbors Link, a non-profit immigrant aid group, in Stamford, Conn.
Credit Kaomi Goetz

This fall's official enrollment numbers will this year include an enrollment jump of unaccompanied alien minors, mostly from Central America. Federal authorities say nearly 400 children have been detained and released to relatives in the state so far this year. One school district in Fairfield County has started a new arrivals center to address these new students. 

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Weingarten praises New Haven school reforms
11:04 am
Mon September 8, 2014

National teachers' union president calls New Haven a national model

AFT President Randi Weingarten helps a kindergartner at the Fair Haven School in New Haven on Friday
Credit Craig LeMoult

The head of the nation’s second largest teachers’ union was in New Haven, Conn., recently. The city’s schools are being held up as a national model for education reform.

A classroom of kindergartners called out "good afternoon!" in unison to greet Randi Weingarten on Friday. She’s the president of the American Federation of Teachers, which boasts 1.6 million members nationally. 

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Education
9:36 am
Fri August 8, 2014

Education advocates criticize NY Regents for partial release of test questions

Education advocates are criticizing the New York State Board of Regents for only releasing half of the standardized test questions given to students in April and May.

Lisa Rudley, a parent and co-founder of the New York State Allies for Public Education, said the state owes parents and educators a full release of the standardized test questions.

“So if we are going to spend a great deal of curriculum time on test preparation we should know why we’re doing this and what the validity of the questions are.” Rudley said.

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