Commissioner's Network


The Commissioner’s Network is a commitment between local stakeholders and the Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) to dramatically improve student achievement in up to 25 schools.  To that end, the Network offers new resources and authorities to empower teachers and school leaders to implement research-based strategies in schools selected by the Commissioner of Education to participate in the Network for a period of three to five years.  Network schools remain part of their local school districts, but the districts and the CSDE secure school-level flexibility and autonomy for the schools in exchange for heightened accountability.  At present, there are 15 schools participating in the Network.


Commissioner's Network Schools
Cohort I: joined the Network in Fall 2012
High School in Community, New Haven
James J. Curiale School, Bridgeport
John B. Stanton School, Norwich
Thirman Milner School, Hartford
Cohort II: joined the Network in Fall 2013
Briggs High School, Norwalk
DiLoreto Magnet School, New Britain
Paul Laurence Dunbar School, Bridgeport
Crosby High School, Waterbury
Walsh School, Waterbury
Wilbur Cross High School, New Haven
Windham Middle School, Windham
Cohort III: joined the Network in Fall 2014
John C. Clark School, Hartford
Lincoln-Bassett Community School, New Haven
Luis Munoz Marin School, Bridgeport
O'Brien STEM Academy, East Hartford
Uncas Network School, Norwich
Cohort IV: joined the Network in Fall 2015
East Hartford Middle School, East Hartford
Cohort V: joined the Network in Fall 2016
Batcheller Early Education Center, Winchester
Pearson Elementary School, Winchester
Clinton Avenue School, New Haven
Columbus School, Bridgeport
Cohort VI: joined the Network in Fall 2017
New Britain High School, New Britain
Press Releases
September 5, 2013 - Two Schools Added to the Commissioner's Network
July 16, 2013 - State Board of Education Takes Action: Approves Two Commissioner's Network Plans
June 6, 2013 - Three Schools Added to the Commissioner's Network
August 9, 2012 - State Board of Education Approves Four Commissioner's Network Turnaround Plans
June 22, 2012 - Four Districts Invited to Develop School Turnaround Plans for Commissioner's Network Consideration