Education Commissioner Stefan Pryor

Pryor and Governor Show unity
6:40 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Malloy says he didn't ask education commissioner to leave

Education Commissioner Stefan Pryor (left) and Governor Dannel Malloy in New Britain on Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014
Credit CT-N

Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy rejected suggestions on Thursday that he asked his education commissioner to step down. The Governor and Commissioner Stefan Pryor appeared unified at an event announcing funding for struggling school districts.

Pryor announced last week he would not seek a second term if Malloy wins re-election. Malloy says it was not because Pryor was asked not to.

“It was a decision that he reached," Malloy said. "We did have the opportunity to talk about it. I did receive his letter on Monday. And as you note, I appear alongside my friend today.”

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Election 2014
8:30 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Conn. Education Commissioner Stefan Pryor says he's leaving

Conn. education commissioner Stefan Pryor at his legislative confirmation hearing at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford, Conn., Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012.
Credit AP Photo/Jessica Hill

Connecticut’s Education Commissioner has informed Governor Dannel Malloy that he won’t serve a second term should the governor win re-election. Commissioner Stefan Pryor was in charge of implementing the Democratic governor's education reform agenda.

Pryor came under fire from teachers and parents for overseeing that agenda. It included efforts to implement the Common Core education standards, new teacher evaluations guidelines, a program for failing schools, and other changes.

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Connecticut school evaluations
6:14 pm
Thu December 5, 2013

Every Conn. school given a report card

Connecticut education officials issued a report card for each school in the state Thursday. It showed that based on test data, more than half of Connecticut's schools met overall performance targets in the state’s new school accountability system. This is the first report on schools using that system.

Evaluations for each school in the state are online here.

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Education
10:27 am
Wed August 14, 2013

Conn. standardized tests show mixed results

The Connecticut Department of Education released  the results of this year's statewide standardized tests on Tuesday.

The Connecticut Academic Performance Test, which is given to 10th graders, showed slight improvement in math science, and reading. However, it also showed slightly lower scores in writing.

The Connecticut Mastery Test, which is given to elementary and middle school students, showed lower scores across the board.