Message from CEO Eric S. Gordon
Now in the fourth marking period of our school year, I reflect with pride and appreciation on how hard our students and educators have worked toward meeting the academic goals we set for the 2017-18 school year.
After outperforming more than 88 other Ohio school districts last year, CMSD is seeing even more progress on our K-3 literacy measure. We continue to build on the progress we saw last year, when 80% of our students met the Third Grade Guarantee metric and were promoted on time, and when CMSD's 4-point gain on Ohio’s performance index was double the state average.
One of the strongest indicators of CMSD’s forward movement is a gain of 19.9 points in our graduation rate in just 6 years, making CMSD the fastest-growing urban district in the US and the third fastest growing in the state.
I remain impressed with the growing number of parents and caregivers who take time to review their students’ academic progress through interaction with our teachers and participation in school activities. Strong parental engagement is key to the success we are seeing, and this factor has played a significant role in improved student attendance. CMSD students are graduating better prepared than ever for the colleges and careers that await them.
As part of our school choice and enrollment campaign this semester, we have continued to promote the value of Career Technical Education (CTE). One of the highlights of the fourth quarter is the annual spring plant sale at Washington Park Environmental Studies including their sale of baskets for Mother's Day. We are proud that a growing number of CMSD students are enrolling in this program and in other Career Tech programs that enable students to receive a credential, license or technical assessment.
As the fourth quarter proceeds toward graduation, I am looking forward to celebrating our students' success with the families and educators who made it possible. Reflecting on a school year that seems to have flown, I am grateful to our families and caregivers and to the growing number of community partners who are doing their part to remove barriers to student success. Together, we are transforming urban education with a common goal to put every child on a path to success.
Sincerely,Eric S. GordonChief Executive Officer