Posts by Achieve Hartford

The SBAC Growth Model: A Fresh Angle on School Performance

A few months ago, we released this report on Hartford’s SBAC results for the 2015-16 school year, summarizing the proficiency results of Hartford students by grade and school, with a district-wide comparison to peer districts. At the time, we also did a basic cohort growth analysis and now the State Department of Education (SDE) has…

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If All Politics Is Local, Our Superintendent Candidates Fill the Bill

HPS Acting Superintendent Leslie Torres-Rodriguez and Chief of Operations and Engagement José Colón-Rivas, plus Capitol Region Education Council (CREC) Assistant Superintendent for Operations Tim Sullivan are the top candidates to become Hartford’s next permanent superintendent – according to the Hartford Courant.  All have lengthy local experience as managers of schools – and even bigger contributions…

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How Do You Solve a $20 Million Problem?

The big ticket item in the Hartford schools’ budget is its 69 percent allocation to staff salaries.  Hartford school costs increase by some $14 million annually and the projected cuts on the other side of the ledger, in State and City funding for fiscal 2018, likely will be around $6 million.  That’s a $20 million…

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Mayor’s Fifth Appointment a Good One

Mayor Luke Bronin this week quickly shifted from suddenly-withdrawn nominee Harold Sparrow to name his director of families, children, youth, and recreation, Kim Oliver, to the Hartford Board of Education.  Good move.   Ms. Oliver has great credentials, following directly on those of José Colón-Rivas, her predecessor both at City Hall and now, soon, on…

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And Another Thing about Community Schools…

Why was last month’s Hartford Board of Education meeting not our finest moment as a city?  It is because the confusion folks had in the audience about the community school strategy signaled that, despite having funded the community schools strategy for almost a decade, Hartford still does not have an overall vision for how we…

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Education Matters! Newsletter

Education Matters! is a bi-weekly e-newsletter of Achieve Hartford! providing insight, analysis and information to support school improvement in Hartford. We believe strong schools lead to a strong city.