Connecticut is the fourth most populated jurisdiction in the Northeast and Islands Region, with nearly 600,000 public school students in more than 1,000 schools in rural, high-need urban, and affluent suburban communities. About one-third of students in Connecticut identify as non-white and/or Hispanic, and 30 percent qualify for free or reduced-price lunch. Because of high income disparity across the state, academic achievement gaps are among the highest in the country. To address this, state leaders are prioritizing greater access to early childhood education, intensive interventions in the lowest-performing schools, expansion of models for high-quality schools, and retention of the best teachers and principals.
REL Northeast and Islands is helping educators and policymakers with these efforts through projects identified and conducted by several research alliances, including:
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