Education research guide

  • Table of contents
  • Recent OLR Reports

The Office of Legislative Research writes nonpartisan reports for legislators on various topics. Recent reports related to the Education Committee’s subject areas include:

Continually updated: COVID-19 Executive Orders Affecting Education and Child Care (2020-R-0111)

Aug. 28, 2020: OLR Backgrounder: Regional Boards of Education (2020-R-0211)

Aug. 18, 2020: OLR Backgrounder: English Learner Identification and Education Programs in Public Schools (2020-R-0175)

July 29, 2020: State Department of Education 2020-2021 School Reopening Plan (2020-R-0187)

June 10, 2020: OLR Backgrounder: Subsequent Amendments to Education Provisions in Public Act 13-3 (2020-R-0156)

June 3, 2020: Due Process Under Special Education Law During the COVID-19 Pandemic (2020-R-0149)

May 21, 2020: State Economic Assistance for Connecticut Child Care Providers During the COVID-19 Emergency (2020-R-0135)

May 20, 2020: School Superintendent Duties and Requirement (2020-R-0146)

Feb. 11, 2020: State Enforcement of the Minimum Budget Requirement (MBR) (2020-R-0058)

Jan. 30, 2020: Caps on Special Education Private Provider Tuition (2020-R-0044)

  • Websites
  • Periodicals

CABE Journal – Connecticut Association of Boards of Education; print subscription.

CASE Bulletin – Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering; electronic subscription.

CBIA News – CT Business and Industry Association; print subscription.

Early Care and Education E-Updates – National Conference of State Legislatures

Education Week – Editorial Projects in Education; print subscription with online access.

  • Databases

EdSight – from the Connecticut Dept. of Education. Includes profiles of and performance data from Connecticut school districts.

ERIC (Educational Resources Information Center) – from the U.S. Dept. of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences (IES): “provides access to bibliographic records of journal and non-journal literature from 1966 to the present.”

National Academies Press publications about education. Legislative Library subscription; see librarian.

NCSL Early Education and Child Care Bill Tracking Database – from the National Conference of State Legislatures. Tracks legislation from 2008-present.

NCSL Education Bill Tracking Database – from the National Conference of State Legislatures. Tracks legislation from 2008-present.

NCSL Traffic Safety Bill Tracking Database – from the National Conference of State Legislatures and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Tracks legislation from 2007-present. Database can be searched specifically for legislation relating to school bus safety.

Social Science Database – from ProQuest: “Social Science Database offers indexing and full text for hundreds of academic journals, providing extensive coverage across a wide range of social science disciplines including anthropology, communication, criminology, economics, education, political science, psychology, social work, and sociology.” Access from anywhere with a Connecticut State Library card.

  • Mandated reports

Please note this is not an exhaustive list. Contact the library for these and other reports.

Academic growth on the mastery examination of English learners in bilingual education programs – annual report by the Dept. of Education; pursuant to CGS 10-17m

Achievement Gap Task Force master plan implementation progress – annual report by the Interagency Council for Ending the Achievement Gap; pursuant to CGS 10-16nn(b)

Changing the kindergarten entry dateChanging the kindergarten entry date – by the Office of Early Childhood; pursuant to PA 14-39 s.9

Commission for Educational Technology annual report – pursuant to CGS 4d-80(c)(8)

Comprehensive statewide interdistrict magnet school planComprehensive statewide interdistrict magnet school plan – by the Dept. of Education; pursuant to CGS 10-264l(b)(1)

Condition of education in Connecticut – annual report by the Dept. of Education; pursuant to CGS 10-4(b)

Connecticut Apprenticeship and Education Committee annual report – pursuant to CGS 10-21j(b)

Connecticut Technical Education and Career System (CTECS) biennial summary report – by the Dept. of Education; pursuant to CGS 10-95k

Connecticut Technical Education and Career System (CTECS) report of school budgets and expenditures – annual report by the Dept. of Education; pursuant to CGS 10-99g(b)

Connecticut State Advisory Council for Special Education annual report – pursuant to CGS 10-76i(c)

Contracts to private vendors, sources of private funding, and employee compensation – annual report by the Dept. of Education pursuant to CGS 10-3b

Educator Professional Development Requirements Task Force recommendationsEducator Professional Development Requirements Task Force recommendations – pursuant to SA 16-9 s.2

Feasibility of a statewide student information systemFeasibility of a statewide student information system – by the Dept. of Education; pursuant to PA 17-220 s.4

Five-year comprehensive plan for education – periodic report by the Dept. of Education; pursuant to CGS 10-4(c)

Implementation of early reading legislation in Connecticut – annual report by the Dept. of Education; pursuant to CGS 10-14u(f)

Implementation of graduation requirements – biennial report by the Dept. of Education; pursuant to CGS 10-5d(c)

Issues relating to the implementation of the teacher pre-service assessment edTPAIssues relating to the implementation of the teacher pre-service assessment edTPA – by the edTPA Working Group; pursuant to PA 19-139

Mastery Examination Committee reportreport and minority reportminority report – published by the Dept. of Education; pursuant to PA 15-238 s.1(c)

Minority teacher recruitment reports – annual reports by the Dept. of Education; pursuant to CGS 10-156bb, CGS 10-156cc, and CGS 10-156dd

Operation of charter schools in Connecticut – biennial report by the Dept. of Education; pursuant to CGS 10-66gg

Prototype model school building program reportPrototype model school building program report – by the School Building Projects Advisory Council; pursuant to PA 17-2 s.223 June

Quality of teacher preparation programs – annual report by the Dept. of Education; pursuant to CGS 10-146h

Review of scientifically based reading research and instruction professional development – annual report by the Dept. of Education; pursuant to CGS 10-148b

School based health centers – annual report by the School Based Health Center Advisory Committee; pursuant to CGS 19a-6i

School governance council evaluation report – biennial report by the Dept. of Education; pursuant to CGS 10-4s

School Paraprofessional Advisory Council annual report – pursuant to CGS 10-155k

School districts’ efforts to reduce racial, ethnic and economic isolation of Connecticut’s students – biennial report by the Dept. of Education; pursuant to CGS 10-226h(c)

Special Education Cost Model Task Force final reportSpecial Education Cost Model Task Force final report – pursuant to PA 17-2 s.70 June

State-funded after-school programs – biennial report by the Dept. of Education; pursuant to CGS 10-16x(g)

Student Data Privacy Task Force ReportStudent Data Privacy Task Force Report – pursuant to PA 16-189 s.5, PA 17-200 s.4, and PA 18-125 s.5

Supporting student success in Connecticut: report on after school and summer programsSupporting student success in Connecticut: report on after school and summer programs – by the CT After School Advisory Council; pursuant to PA 18-182 s.6

Task Force to Study the Processing and Retention of Fingerprint Records and Criminal History Records for Educators final reportTask Force to Study the Processing and Retention of Fingerprint Records and Criminal History Records for Educators final report – pursuant to SA 18-25

Teachers’ Retirement System Viability Commission reportTeachers’ Retirement System Viability Commission report – pursuant to PA 17-2 s.59 June

Update of education qualifications for teachers (qualified staff members) in state-funded early childhood programs – annual report by the Office of Early Childhood; pursuant to CGS 10-520a

Use of physical restraint and seclusion in Connecticut – annual report by the Dept. of Education; pursuant to CGS 10-236b(k)

  • Finding OLR Reports and more in the vertical files: index headings

For OLR Reports and other materials related to the Education Committee’s work, index headings include:

Education-(subtopic folders for Adult, Bilingual, Boards of, Choice Programs, CT Dept. of, Desegregation, Discipline, Finance, Head Start, Regional, Special, Special-Finance, Testing, and Vocational/Technical)

Education Commission Of The States

Educational Guidance

Educational Law And Legislation

School Administrators

School Attendance

School Employees

Schools-(subtopic folders for Construction, Health, Private, Transportation, Violence)

Teachers-(subtopic folders for Certification and Evaluation, Compensation, Labor Negotiations, Retirement)

The library assigns topical index headings to all OLR Reports and keeps hard copies of the reports organized by these index headings. Reports from 1994 to the present are in the library’s file cabinets (aka the “vertical files”) in the red-tabbed folders, as well as online in full text. Older reports are in two sets of bound volumes (one set for the 1970s, and one for 1980-1993) on the library’s shelves.

The same index headings the library uses for OLR Reports have been used to organize over 600 subject files of materials such as newspaper clippings, court decisions, press releases, pamphlets, and other resources that would be more difficult to locate if they were dispersed throughout the library’s general collection. The subject files are in the blue-tabbed folders in the file cabinets. (Many of the items in these folders have also been digitized by the library, and their electronic versions can be found in the library’s intranet catalog.)

  • Reference works

The Condition of Education – annual report by the National Center for Education Statistics

Connecticut Education Laws as of January 1, 2017 – by the Dept. of Education

Indicators of School Crime and Safety – annual report the National Center for Education Statistics

Practical Guide to Connecticut School Law, 8th ed. – by Thomas Mooney, 2014

Revenues and Expenditures for Public Elementary and Secondary Education – annual report by the National Center for Education Statistics

  • Call number ranges

For the past several years, almost all newly published items added to the library’s collection have been in electronic format only. These items are accessible in full text through the library’s intranet catalog. Many old print materials have also been digitized and uploaded to the library’s catalog.

To get a general sense of a subject’s history, however, you may find it useful to browse the library stacks in certain locations to see print copies of older publications (and the occasional newer item that was published both electronically and in print). For publications related to education, call number ranges include, but are not limited to:

370 education
371 schools and their activities; special education
372 elementary education
373 secondary education
375 curricula
379 public policy issues in education

Hard copies of mandated reports that were produced only once or as a limited series are shelved by the number of the act that required the report. Hard copies of mandated reports produced regularly with no set end date (for example, state agencies’ annual reports) are shelved in the stacks by subject.

  • Other resources in the library’s collection

Certification status and experience of U.S. public school teachers: variations across student subgroupsCertification status and experience of U.S. public school teachers: variations across student subgroups – by the National Center for Education Statistics, 2017

Connecticut Coalition for Justice in Education Funding (CCJEF) et al. v. Rell et al. – various documents relating to the court case that began in 2005

Examining Connecticut’s safety net for children withdrawn from school for the purpose of homeschooling: supplemental investigation to OCA’s December 12, 2017 report regarding the death of Matthew Tirado – Office of the Child Advocate, April 2018

Hartford region public school choice programsHartford region public school choice programs – by the Office of Program Review and Investigations, 2016

Regional cooperation between local boards of educationRegional cooperation between local boards of education – by the Office of Program Review and Investigations, 2015

Sheff v. O’Neill – various documents relating to the court case that began in 1989