Connecticut Achievement Gap

Connecticut has the nation’s largest achievement gap between poor students and their more affluent peers, and it’s acute even in higher-income towns like West Hartford. This is a three-part series looking at how Braeburn Elementary School in West Hartford is trying to close the gap. It’s the first collaboration between the Connecticut Mirror and The Hechinger Report. See all our Special Reports

Intensive intervention helps lift student performance

Colleen Wolters, an early intervention teacher, works with students on a reading exercise at Braeburn School. (Photo by Sarah Butrymowicz) WEST HARTFORD–Friday is assessment day in Room…

Performance data a crucial tool in bridging achievement gap

Braeburn teacher Shannon Mlodzinski with three of her fifth-graders. (Photo by Sarah Butrymowicz) WEST HARTFORD–Braeburn Elementary School’s fifth-grade teachers commandeered the brick conference room off Principal…

Connecticut’s achievement gap not just an inner city issue

Fourth-grader Xavier Rosa, sets up a science experiment with teacher Michele Cashman (l) and paraprofessional Robin Rothman (Photo by Sarah Butrymowicz) WEST HARTFORD–Xavier Rosa is stuck.…