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September 3, 2008

Closing the Educational Achievement Gap

What are the challenges and opportunities for public education in our region? How can we close Connecticut’s educational achievement gap which is one of the largest in the nation? On October 3, United Way is bringing together our region’s leading philanthropists and practitioners including Dacia Toll, President of Achievement First, and Fran Rabinowitz, Superintendent of the Hamden Public Schools to discuss this important issue. We invite you to participate by adding your comments below.

To learn more about what United Way is doing in this area click here or read the powerpoint from the State of Connecticut on high school reform below.

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  • By the age four, the average low-income child has heard 30 million fewer words than his or her higher income peers.
  • On the 2007 CAPT test 58% of Grade 10 White students met goal on all four sections of the test, compared with 18% of Hispanic students and 15% of Black students.
  • Approximately 23% of students attending a Community and Technical College in CT are enrolled in at least one basic skills course in math or English during any semester.
  • The median annual salary for employees with a bachelor’s degree is 62% higher than those with only a high school diploma.

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