HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) -- Governor Dannel Malloy is picking up an award for his efforts to revamp the state's education system.
"He is leading an educational policy reform agenda that really is needed and has been needed for a number of years in this state," said Dr. Christina Kishimoto, Supt. of Hartford Public Schools.
Hartford Public School students have narrowed their achievement gap with the rest of the state by a third since 2006-2007. The superintendent says much of that has come during and because of Governor Malloy's time in office.
"We've been at the legislature for six years, saying 'We need this, we need this,' and to have a Governor come in and say that he sees the need for this, statewide, has been very important to us," said Kishimoto.
The Governor's emphasis on education reform rating him this year's Hartford "State of the Schools" award.
"I've enjoyed working with Hartford as I have with other urban school districts," Malloy said. "We're going to concentrate on turning around those districts, and reaching more and more and more of our students."
It comes on the heels of recent studies focusing on increased quality school options and identifying neighborhoods where urban risk factors compromise student performance.
"The data shows that we, in fact, have momentum in terms of achievement progress," Kishimoto said.
As much progress as the superintendent and the Governor say has been made in recent years, they both agree that there's plenty more to improve upon.
"Hopefully increased outcomes, whether they're measured by test scores or portfolios, or other ways, to make sure that we're moving our kids forward and that we have a well-prepared work force for the future," Malloy said.
With an eye toward enhanced education performance, not just in Hartford but statewide.
"I think we're in a great place; this is a day of great celebration," Kishimoto said.
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