HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A state education commission is set to release recommendations on how to close the achievement gap between low-income Connecticut students and their peers.

The Connecticut Commission on Educational Achievement says that on average, the state’s poorest students are about three grade levels behind their peers in reading and math.

The group also says 60 percent of low-income students graduated from high school in 2009, compared with 86 percent of more affluent students.

The commission is scheduled to announce recommendations on how to close the gaps at an event Tuesday at the state Capitol in Hartford.

Gov. M. Jodi Rell appointed members of the commission in March.

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