Connecticut led several other states in shrinking the achievement gap between minority students and their classmates in math and reading between 2013 and 2015, although the primary reason the gaps shrank is that higher achieving students scored lower on the national test use to measure performance. Read more about the gap.
Compared to the rest of the country, Connecticut placed:
- Second in eight grade math among English Language Learners versus non-ELL (From a gap of 64.33 points to 53.04).
- Third in fourth grade math among English Language Learners versus non-ELL (From 34.85 to 24.98).
- Fifth in fourth grade math among students who qualify for free lunches versus those who do not (From 30.51 to 27.63).
- Sixth in eight grade math between white and Hispanic students (From 38.77 to 33.39).
- Sixth in fourth grade reading among English Language Learners versus non-ELL (From 51.07 to 41.53).
Connecticut is the second lowest state in overall average math scores in eighth grade math for its Hispanic students with a score of 261. Virginia has the highest average among that group at almost 279.
Hispanic students also have the sixth lowest average score in the country at 224 in fourth grade math.
In a handful of categories, Connecticut’s achievement gap actually increased between 2013 and 2015.
- Eight grade math between white and black students (From 36.18 to 38.39)
- Fourth grade reading between white and black students (From 30.66 to 34.6)
- Eighth grade reading between white and black students (From 25.83 to 30.82)
- Eighth grade reading between English Language Learners and non-ELL (From 54.72 to 57.59)