| Report finds state`s schools
offer a formula for success
By LINDA CONNER LAMBECK Linda.Lambeck@Thomnews.com Wednesday, July 26, 2000
Even before Connecticut students scored highest in the nation in reading, math and writing, the state had the right ingredients for academic success.
So says a federal study released Tuesday that attempts to determine
"I wouldn't complain at all about Connecticut in terms of what this report
The report, based on six years worth of National Assessment of
The report compares scores of students from similar types of families to
Thomas Murphy, a state Department of Education spokesman, said that
The study found Connecticut family characteristics are generally quite
The state's parental education levels are first in the nation, while its
In addition to that, the state has class sizes that are the third lowest
"So you guys are doing well. You spend a lot of money but do it well,"
He added the state would do even better if it followed through on efforts
The report said an ideal situation would be for a state to have good
"No state is among the top states in all three measures. However several
Connecticut is on that short list, along with New Jersey, Indiana,
The report also found that Texas schoolchildren - regardless of how
Conversely, California children had the lowest scores in several
The study ranked the 44 states that participate in the voluntary NAEP
The study was funded by ExxonMobil's education foundation, the St.
Interest in measuring states has grown in recent years and comes at a
What did not necessarily help children's scores, the Rand study said, was
"The current system rewards experience and education - but neither
Murphy agreed, but said the report affirms the state Department of
"That's important. It's a multi-year approach rather than a fad or series
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Linda Conner Lambeck, who covers regional education
issues, can be reached at 330-6218