On Jan. 18, 2011, The Stamford Advocate published an article by Maggie Gordon on Connecticut’s largest-in-the-nation achievement gap and cited ConnCAN:
There are schools that are addressing the gap by using classroom time more effectively and getting parents involved.
“At the same time that we have the largest gap in the country, we have schools that are closing it,” said Alex Johnston, CEO of ConnCAN, the Connecticut Coalition for Achievement Now.
Extending the school day or the school year to provide more classroom instruction for children is one tactic used at schools around the state to improve student achievement, but it comes with a cost: Teachers and administrators must be compensated for extra time spent at work.
“We see very innovative approaches in scheduling, to eke out every bit of instructional time that they can,” Johnston said.