Message from CEO Eric S. Gordon
The end of the school year will be here before we know it, and it’s hard not to feel a tremendous sense of pride as we reflect on a school year marked by progress in numerous areas. CMSD’s attendance is up, our enrollment is up, our reading and math NWEA scores are up, and our graduation rate is up again.
Last year, CMSD implemented the “Get 2 School - You Can Make It!” attendance campaign, and, by the start of the fourth quarter, 60.1% of our students were on-track to meet our targeted goal of 10 or fewer days of absence for the school year. This tops our three-year average of 57.9% in prior years and signaled, as we enter the final quarter, that parents and students truly understand the link between strong school attendance and academic success.
District data shows that students who miss 10 or more days score an average of 12 points lower on state reading tests and 15 points lower on state math exams. They are 9% less likely to meet Ohio’s Third Grade Reading Guarantee, required for promotion to the fourth grade, and are 34% less likely to graduate when in high school.
Parents and community partners continue to play a significant role in raising attendance and achievement for our scholars, and more than 10 schools saw double-digit gains in attendance this year, with John Adams seeing a 19% increase in attendance over last year! Let’s build on these in the final stretch of the school year, when warm weather can increase the temptation of our scholars to miss school.
The attendance and academic gains we are seeing in our schools are possible only with the conscious effort of our scholars, our educators, our families, and our caregivers who remind Cleveland’s children every day:
“Get to School, You can Make It!"