We support parents, students, community members, and city leaders interested in expanding their knowledge of education policy and research as well as learn more about advocacy efforts for education reform. We believe in developing a local, shared understanding about education change and possibilities (including those in Connecticut and across the nation).
Each year, we analyze raw testing data from the Connecticut Department of Education and produce report on the state of the achievement gap in Bridgeport. These reports educate local policymakers and community leaders as well as public school parents about the state of Bridgeport schools and the need for comprehensive, district-wide reform. Read more about student achievement.
We provide resources to community members who seek solutions for improving our schools. Read our blog to learn about pathways to dramatically improve educational outcomes for students in Bridgeport. Check out our news archive for articles about important issues in Bridgeport. Explore our glossary to find the definitions of frequently used words or acronyms.
Last summer Excel hosted a listening tour geared at building the community’s knowledge and understanding about the role the Board of Education plays in educating the city’s children. We also co-hosted Bridgeport’s only Board of Education candidate forum prior to the September 2012 elections. Excel Bridgeport serves as your eyes and ears at Board of Education meetings. Catch up on what you missed at the most recent Board of Education meeting at our Board Watch blog.
We serve as a community convener and launch issue-specific outreach efforts to educate parents and residents on state-level education reform issues. In April 2012, we hosted Governor Dan Malloy for a meeting with Bridgeport parents regarding his education reform bill (S.B. 24). The event brought together a group of 50 parents for an intimate conversation with the Governor about his bill and the needs in Bridgeport schools.