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K-12 Education in Connecticut
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Education facts
State Superintendent: Stefan Pryor
Number of students: 554,437[1]
Number of teachers: 43,805
Teacher/pupil ratio: 1:12.7
Number of school districts: 200
Number of schools: 1,150
Graduation rate: 85%[2]
Per-pupil spending: $15,600[3]
See also
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Connecticut is home to 1,150 schools and 554,437 K-12 students.[4]

Quick facts

State school administrators

  • State Board of Education
    • Stefan Pryor, Commissioner of Education
    • Allan B. Taylor, Chairperson
    • Theresa Hopkins-Staten, Vice Chairperson
    • Andrea Comer
    • Gregory W. Gray
    • Charles A. Jaskiewicz III
    • Terry H. Jones
    • Estela López
    • Patricia Keavney-Maruca
    • Joseph J. Vrabely Jr.
    • Stephen P. Wright
    • Robert Trefry, Ex-Officio Member


The following table displays the state's top 10 school districts by total student enrollment, per-pupil spending and highest rate at or above proficient in reading in eighth grade on the statewide Connecticut Mastery Test.

Student enrollment, 2011-2012 Per-pupil spending, 2012-2013[5] Proficiency rate in eighth grade reading, 2012-2013[6]
1.) Hartford Public Schools 1.) Cornwall Consolidated School 1.) Franklin Elementary School
2.) Bridgeport Public Schools 2.) Canaan Schools 2.) Hartland School
3.) New Haven Public Schools 3.) Sharon Center School 3.) Salem School
4.) Waterbury Public Schools 4.) Regional School District 12 4.) Regional School District 6
5.) Stamford Public Schools 5.) Regional School District 1 5.) Integrated Day School
6.) Norwalk Public Schools 6.) Hampton Elementary School 6.) Wilton Public Schools
7.) Connecticut Technical High School System 7.) Salisbury Central School 7.) Trumbull Public Schools
8.) Danbury Public Schools 8.) Kent Center School 8.) Easton Public Schools
9.) West Hartford Public Schools 9.) Scotland Elementary School 9.) Rocky Hill Public Schools
10.) Fairfield Public Schools 10.) Redding Public Schools 10.) New Canaan Public Schools


See also: Demographic information for all students in all 50 states

The following table displays the ethnic distribution of students in Connecticut as reported in the Common Core of Data for 2011-2012.[7]

Demographic information for Connecticut's K-12 public school system
Ethnicity Students State Percentage United States Percentage**
American Indian 1,923 0.35% 1.10%
Asian 24,546 4.43% 4.68%
African American 72,122 13.01% 15.68%
Hawaiian Nat./Pacific Isl. Students 373 0.07% 0.42%
Hispanic 108,165 19.51% 24.37%
White 337,489 60.87% 51.21%
Two or more 9,819 1.77% 2.54%
**Note: This is the percentage of all students in the United States that are reported to be of this ethnicity.

State law

Common Core

Common Core, or the Common Core State Standards Initiative, is an American education initiative that outlines quantifiable benchmarks in English and mathematics at each grade level from kindergarten through high school. The Connecticut State Board of Education adopted the standards on July 7, 2010. Full implementation was set to be achieved in the 2013-2014 academic year.[8][9]

School board composition

Connecticut school board members are generally elected by residents of the school district, although if there is a vacancy, the remaining school board members must appoint someone to serve the vacant position's unexpired term.[10] School boards may have three, six, nine or twelve members, with a third of the members up for election every two years, allowing members to serve six-year terms.[11]

District types

Connecticut has three types of school districts: regional school districts, city school systems and town school systems. Regional school districts are organized by a joint referendum of two or more towns and are considered separate local governments with the ability to determine fiscal needs and appropriate funds. City and town school systems, however, are dependent upon their municipal governments and must seek approval from the city or town budget-making authority on financial matters.[12]

Term limits

Connecticut does not impose term limits on school board members.[13]

School board elections

Upcoming elections

See also: Connecticut school board elections, 2015

A total of eight Connecticut school districts among America's largest school districts by enrollment will hold elections in 2015 for 38 seats on November 3, 2015.

Here are several quick facts about Connecticut's school board elections in 2015:

  • The largest school district by enrollment with an election in 2015 is Bridgeport Public Schools with 20,126 K-12 students.
  • The smallest school district by enrollment with an election in 2015 is West Hartford Public Schools with 10,098 K-12 students.
  • Danbury Public Schools has the most seats on the ballot in 2015 with six seats up for election.
  • Three districts are tied for the fewest seats on the ballot in 2015 with three seats up for election in both.

The district listed below served 105,858 K-12 students during the 2010-2011 school year, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. Click on the district name for more information on the district and its school board elections.

2015 Connecticut School Board Elections
District Date Seats up for election Total board seats Student enrollment
Bridgeport Public Schools 11/3/2015 4 9 20,126
Danbury Public Schools 11/3/2015 6 11 10,488
Fairfield Public Schools 11/3/2015 5 9 10,314
New Britain Public Schools 11/3/2015 5 10 10,167
Norwalk Public Schools 11/3/2015 5 9 11,111
Stamford Public Schools 11/3/2015 4 9 15,493
Waterbury Public Schools 11/3/2015 6 11 18,061
West Hartford Public Schools 11/3/2015 3 7 10,098

Path to the ballot

To qualify as a school board candidate in Connecticut, an individual must:[14]

  • Be a registered voter.
  • Not be employed by the district he or she seeks to represent.

School board candidates can file to get on the ballot in a number of ways. They can file with an established political party, petition onto the ballot or become a write-in. If petitioning or becoming a write-in candidate, nomination documents must be filed with the town clerk of the municipal government corresponding to the school district election.[15]

Campaign finance

Candidates must file a Registration by Candidate (SEEC Form 1) with the town clerk of their local municipality within 10 days of becoming a candidate. On that form, candidates must designate if they will be registering a candidate committee or filing an exemption from forming a candidate committee. To file the exemption from forming a candidate committee, candidates must indicate one of the following:

  • A town committee or political slate committee will be their sole funding source.
  • They will be funding their campaign using personal funds.
  • They do not intend on receiving or spending any funds, including their own money.
  • They do not intend on receiving or spending funds in excess of $1,000.

All candidate committees and any candidates who filed exemption from forming a candidate committee but spent over $1,000 for their campaign from personal funds must file periodic disclosure statements detailing campaign finances with their town clerks.[16]

See also

External links

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  1. National Center for Education Statistics, "Table 2. Number of operating public schools and districts, state enrollment, teacher and pupil/teacher ratio by state: School year 2011–12," accessed March 18, 2014
  2. ED Data Express, "State Tables Report," accessed March 17, 2014 The site includes this disclaimer: "States converted to an adjusted cohort graduation rate [starting in the 2010-2011 school year], which may or may not be the same as the calculation they used in prior years. Due to the potential differences, caution should be used when comparing graduation rates across states."
  3. United States Census Bureau, "Public Education Finances: 2011," accessed March 18, 2014
  4. National Center for Education Statistics, "State Education Data Profiles," accessed August 14, 2013
  5. Connecticut State Department of Education, Bureau of Grants Managements, "2012-13 Net Current Expenditures (NCE) per Pupil (NCEP) and 2013-14 Special Education Excess Cost Grant Basic Contributions for the May Payment," accessed July 9, 2014
  6. Connecticut Mastery Test, "State by District/School Report, Grade 8," accessed July 9, 2014
  7. United States Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, "Common Core of Data (CCD), State Nonfiscal Public Elementary/Secondary Education Survey, 2011-2012," accessed May 7, 2014
  8. Common Core State Standards Initiative, "Core Standards in your State,” accessed June 12, 2014
  9. Connecticut State Department of Education, "Common Core State Standards in Connecticut," accessed June 13, 2014
  10. General Statutes of Connecticut, "Section 10-219," accessed July 9, 2014
  11. General Statutes of Connecticut, "Section 9-206," accessed July 9, 2014
  12. United States Census Bureau, "Connecticut," accessed July 9, 2014
  13. National School Boards Association, "Survey of the State School Boards Associations on Term Limits for Local Board Members," accessed July 9, 2014
  14. Connecticut Association of Boards of Education, "Be a School Board Member," accessed July 9, 2014
  15. Connecticut Secretary of State, "Candidate Ballot Access," accessed July 9, 2014
  16. Connecticut State Elections Enforcement Commission, "Municipal Election Campaign Overview," accessed July 8, 2014