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The achievement gap in Connecticut is the largest in the country by every measure.
More than 90% of fifth graders in the town of Ridgefield can read at or above grade level – but only 31% of Bridgeport kids can.
But is this gap between the high and low performing students in our state really about achievement – or should we be calling it the “preparation gap”.
Some researchers say that the way to close the gap is by preparing kids during early childhood.
Or is it an “expectation gap” with lower income students not expected to perform as well - by parents or teachers.
As Connecticut begins a federal “Race to the top” for funding that’s meant, in part, to close the achievement gap, we’ll look at what it means.
Coming up, we’ll talk to lawmakers and advocates looking to turn the statistics around for the disadvantaged students in our state. And, we’ll talk to the producer of a national documentary about how even good schools are failing many black students.
Upcoming events for "Campaign LEARN":
The Stamford Town Hall Meeting on the Achievement Gap will be held on January 16, 2010 from 11-1PM at Domus, 83 Lockwood Avenue (formerly Rogers Magnet School).
“The New Politics of Education Reform—Real Change for Communities of Color” will take place on January 23, 2010 at Yale Law School from 5-7PM. The New Haven Town Hall Meeting on the Achievement Gap will be held the same day in Yale Law School, Room 128, from 3-4:30PM. Confirmed speakers for the keynote panel at this time are Howard Fuller, Anthony Colon, Deborah McGriff, Steve Perry.