Closing Connecticut’s Achievement Gap: The Case for Universal Preschool


In the words of one of its superintendents, Connecticut is the “poster child of the Achievement Gap”  because minority and poor students in the state have historically performed much worse than their White and advantaged counterparts.  Although Connecticut has attempted to combat this problem through a variety of methods, the Achievement Gap remains an issue.

This paper argues that increasing  investments in early childhood education programs, especially adoption of a universal preschool program, is a viable option for eliminating Connecticut’s educational disparities by defining achievement gap, reviewing the history of achievement gaps, and applying the analysis to Connecticut’s school system.

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