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CMSD compares well in growth, progress


New state report card results show that CMSD continues to outpace urban and other districts across Ohio in growth and progress.
Since 2011, CMSD’s four-year graduation rate is the fastest growing among Ohio’s large urban districts and fourth-fastest growing among all 609 districts.
CMSD’s graduation rate has soared more than 22 points during that time and now stands at 74.6 percent. The rate is only 3.5 points behind the graduation rate in Columbus, the leader among the urban districts.
The District’s performance index, a composite of all test scores, has increased more in the last two years than those of the seven other urban systems that belong to the Ohio 8. CMSD’s performance index has increased 4.9 percentage points during that time, while indexes in the other districts grew by less than a point.
CMSD received a D in its performance index, but it is the first time the District has earned better than an F in that category since the state adopted new assessments three years ago.
CMSD made gains from last year on 19 of 21 state test indicators. Overall, test scores increased an average of 6.7 percent from last year, compared with a 1.23 statewide. 
CMSD’s K-3 literacy score topped that of 113 other districts. Last year, CMSD was ahead of 88 districts.
Other highlights from the report card include:
  • About a fourth of CMSD’s schools received an overall grade of C or better. Forty-three of 104 schools received at least a C for closing achievement gaps, and 62 schools made gains in their performance indexes.
  • Nine high schools had graduation rates above 90 percent. The Cleveland School of Architecture and Design and Cleveland Early College High School both had rates of 100 percent.
  • 83.9 percent of third-graders met Ohio's Third Grade Reading Guarantee and earned promotion to the fourth grade. That is up 4.3 points since last year.
  • In English language arts, CMSD met or exceeded goals for closing achievement gaps in all 10 subgroups, identified by race, poverty and other characteristics. In math, the District met or exceeded goals in six of the 10 subgroups and made gains in the others.