CMSD is headed in the right direction, and you can tell by looking to the “guiding stars” that light the District’s path, Chief Executive Officer Eric Gordon said Monday in his fifth annual State of the Schools address.

The question of whether The Cleveland Plan, a citywide education reform plan, is working has become complicated, Gordon told a packed ballroom at the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel. The state has given different exams in each of the last three years, changed standards, moved from classifications like Excellent and Academic Emergency to letter grades and delayed release of the latest report cards.

But he said the community can turn to indicators that include strong parent involvement, growth in third-grade reading scores, a larger number of children in “high performing” schools, an abundance of highly rated teachers, a record graduation rate and solid public approval ratings.


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