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Maggie Gordon

Enrollment up again in Stamford schools

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A preliminary report, completed in the second week of the school year shows that Stamford’s schools have taken in roughly 130 more students this year than during the 2011-2012 academic year. As of Sept. 6, the district’s enrollment was 15,807 students, which is up from 15,677 last year. Though it’s lower than the 15,983 students […] [Read More]

Norwalk named one of America’s best communities for youth

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Norwalk was one of three Connecticut cities among the Top 100 Best Communities for Young People by America’s Promise Alliance, a national alliance founded by Colin Powell that works to promote the needs of youth throughout the country. Norwalk joins Waterbury and Hamden in its appearance on the list, and makes the cut for its […] [Read More]
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President touches on education in convention speech

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As President Barack Obama accepted the Democratic nomination for re-election Thursday night, he discussed his stance on a range of issues from taxes to foreign policy. But while his speech ran far and wide, his comments about education were short and shallow. Here are his comments on the state of education in the nation and […] [Read More]
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Connecticut among top states for ACT performance, but achievement gap is huge

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Last week, ACT — the company responsible for the standardized test of the same name, which is used to gauge students’ intellect, along with the SAT — released its annual report called The Condition of College & Career Readiness, outlining student achievement in the mot recent round of testing. On average, students in Connecticut outperformed […] [Read More]

OMG: Txting can hurt kidz gramr n spelling

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A recent study published in the journal New Media & Society found that the relationship between text messaging on adolescents’ grammar skills is nothing to lol about. Texting is a big part of life for most teenagers. American adolescents between the ages of 13 and 17 send more text messages than any other demographic group, […] [Read More]
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Local college named country’s ‘Least Affordable’

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Newsweek ranked Sacred Heart University in Fairfield as the nation’s “least affordable” college in the 2012 edition of the magazine’s annual ranking of American colleges. According to the rankings, attending the $50,000 a year university leaves 99 percent of students in debt after they graduate, with the average debt incurred adding up to $40,865. That’s […] [Read More]
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Who’s leading the pack? Part Three: High Schools

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The Academy of Information Technology & Engineering outperformed Stamford’s two larger high schools — Westhill and Stamford High — in all four subjects tested on the Connecticut Academic Performance Test, according to data released by the State Department of Education Thursday afternoon. Like Scofield’s top-of-the-class domination at the middle school level, the fact that AITE […] [Read More]

Who’s leading the pack? Part Two: Middle Schools

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Scofield Magnet Middle School had a higher percentage of eighth-grade students meeting the state’s target on this year’s Connecticut Mastery Test than any of the Stamford’s other schools across all four subject areas this year, according to data released by the State Department of Education Thursday afternoon. That’s familiar territory for the magnet school, which outperformed […] [Read More]
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