Achievement Gap

The Education Committee is very much aware of the  gap in educational  performance between children of different races and of different  economic groups in Connecticut. There is an even greater achievement gap  between students with disabilities and their typical peers. Despite  considerable sums spent on special education over the last 45 years,  that gap has not narrowed and, indeed, may have expanded. While focusing  on the racial and economic achievement gap, the Legislature needs to  focus as well on the huge achievement gap based on disability. The vast  majority of students with disabilities are capable of progressing on  grade level provided they receive proper individualized instruction and  support.