• Message from CEO Eric S. Gordon


    The release of Ohio’s State Report Cards this month serves as a reminder that, despite continued progress under The Cleveland Plan, much more work remains if CMSD students are to keep pace with their peers in Ohio.

    Although we are far from where we want and need to be, there are several pieces of positive news on our state report card this year that I want to share:

    • CMSD’s four-year graduation rate increased 2.8 percent and reached 71.9 percent, the latest in a series of record highs for the District. That's a nearly 20% gain in just the last six years.
    • Our K-3 literacy grade jumped from an F to a C and the number of students on track in reading more than doubled from the previous year.
    • And 80% of our third graders met Ohio's new, higher standard for reading and were promoted to the fourth grade.

    But despite these important gains, CMSD's overall report card grade was an F.

    CMSD received failing marks for Value-Added--a measure of whether students made the progress expected of them in a year.  CMSD’s Performance Index, a composite of all test scores, came within 1 percent of a D, but fell short.  And while we did make gains in nearly all of the reading and math tests administered in third through eighth grade, the gains were too small and we also scored an F.

    What our data shows us is that, with continued effort, we can and will meet Ohio's new, higher learning expectations. Our goal is to bear down on the  “bookends” -- the K-3 literacy gains we are seeing in our early grades and continued, District-high graduation rates—even as we dig deeper into strategies we know can move our district forward in the areas that lie in between.

    Our Report Card also shows that we can improve, and I know that every CMSD Educator is committed to even more improvement in the year ahead.

    I want to also point out that not all progress is reflected on the state report card.

    CMSD’s “Track our Progress” website reflects advancement in a number of other important areas that affect such as:

    • Parent Involvement
    • Student Attendance
    • Increased enrollment in high quality pre-schools
    • Increased numbers of graduates who head off to college without needing remediation, and more.

    As we review and reflect on this year’s report card data, we are committed to expanding on the gains we are seeing and improving in areas where we can do better.

    I encourage every student scholar, parent and caregiver to talk with your school's principal and teachers to learn more about your school’s specific performance.

    I also encourage you to visit ClevelandMetroSchools.org/TrackOurProgress, where we will continue to keep families and caregivers, friends and supporters informed of our progress under The Cleveland Plan.

    Thank you for your continued support of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District.

    Eric Gordon

    Eric S. Gordon, CEO


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