Education Matters

The SBAC Growth Model: A Fresh Angle on School Performance

By Achieve Hartford | Feb 17, 2017

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

By Achieve Hartford | Feb 17, 2017

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?

By Achieve Hartford | Feb 17, 2017

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

By Achieve Hartford | Feb 2, 2017

Mayor Luke Bronin this week quickly shifted from suddenly-withdrawn nominee Harold Sparrow to name his director of families, children, youth, and recreation, Kim Oliver, to the Hartford Board of Education.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…

By Achieve Hartford | Feb 2, 2017

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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When There’s a Permanent Gas Shortage, We Need to Design a New Car

By Achieve Hartford | Feb 2, 2017

This past week senior leadership and staff of the Hartford Public Schools – and key community partners – accepted the Superintendent’s invitation to discuss how to more efficiently and effectively implement Hartford’s Strategic Operating Plan, set forth in the fall of 2015.  We learned a lot at this meeting.   The session looked back to…

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Please: No Groundhog Day When Choosing Our Next Superintendent

By Achieve Hartford | Feb 2, 2017

The time is near for a potentially transformative decision to select and appoint the next educator to lead the District’s schools.  The dimensions of this decision concern all Hartford families today and will impact, for better or worse, the long-term economic viability of the Greater Hartford region.  If the challenge seems familiar, it may be…

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The Zillow of School Choice Information: SMARTERHartford

By Achieve Hartford | Jan 19, 2017

As families turn their attention to the choice lottery application, the SMARTERHartford website once again is providing updated school profiles and a mapping tool to help in the process of choosing the right school.  School demographics, academic performance, and even principal attrition can be found in each school profile. The latest Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium…

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Power – and Knowledge – to the People

By Achieve Hartford | Jan 19, 2017

The Hartford Public Schools are working to build parent understanding of the federal Title 1 supports for community outreach by visiting every School Governance Council (SGC) and collaborating with Hartford Parent University on budget briefings.  It’s about time. Hartford Board of Education Member Julio Flores pointed out Tuesday that a central office team has met…

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