Connecticut's Commissioner of Education Stefan Pryor speaks to state educational and school leaders at an annual school year kick-off meeting one day after he announced he would not seek a second term.
Educational leaders in Connecticut met Tuesday morning for an annual meeting to kick off the school year. It came one day after the state’s education commissioner announced he would not seek another term if Democratic Governor Dannel Malloy were to be reelected in November.
Results from statewide student tests conducted in 2013 are mixed, with data showing Connecticut's achievement gap between wealthy and poor communities widening in some cases while narrowing in others.
But Education Commissioner Stefan Pryor said Tuesday there are signs that some of the public education initiatives spearheaded two years ago by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy are working. He pointed to improvements in student performance at four historically low-performing schools that are now part of the so-called "Commissioner's Network" and receive additional support.