November 7th State Board Meeting Recap
Today the State Board of Education (SBE) held its regular monthly meeting. The full agenda for the meeting can be found here.
The consent agenda took under consideration continuing approval of education preparation provider resolutions for Sacred Heart University and the University of Saint Joseph. It also included approving new educator preparation programs for Southern Connecticut State University and Fairfield University. The final consent agenda item included a report on the agricultural science and technology graduates five years after graduation.
Other agenda items included the SBE discussing an update on identifying some strategies for goal one of the SBE’s five-year strategic plan, Ensuring Equity and Excellence for All Connecticut Students (ensuring that students’ non-academic needs are met so that they are healthy, happy, and ready to learn). Strategy two specifically seeks to improve attendance, reduce suspensions and expulsions, utilize trauma-informed practices and improve coordination of services for students. The report identified nine charter schools that had exclusionary school discipline rates of 20 percent or more and provided them with training to develop a systemic discipline protocol to address philosophy, policy, systems implementation, data and practice in each school. The report also includes target metrics for where the state would like to reduce chronic absentee and out of school suspension rates in the coming years. More on this can be found here.
The final agenda item for discussion on the calendar was a report titled College Enrollment, Credit Attainment and Remediation of High School Graduates in Connecticut Public Universities and Community Colleges. Key takeaways from the report include:
- Nearly 40% of students from each graduating class from 2010, 2011, and 2012 enrolled in a Connecticut public university or community college within 16 months of graduation
- Of those who enroll, nearly two-thirds earn 24 credits within two years of enrollment,
- Of the approximately 13,000 students per graduating class who enrolled in Connecticut public universities or a Connecticut community college within 16 months of graduation, nearly half took a remedial course within the first two years of enrollment
- There are also some other interesting findings when the data is disaggregated by student sub-groups, more info on this agenda item can be found here and in this article from the Hartford Courant.
Stay tuned for additional updates. As always, please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions.
CT Policy Manager