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Not Good: CMSD Preliminary report card data

Preliminary report card data released by the Ohio Department of Education shows that, despite gains in attendance, test scores, school ratings and graduation rate, the Cleveland Metropolitan School District will not keep its Continuous Improvement rating this year.

"I am, of course, disappointed in the overall rating," said CEO Eric Gordon. "Nearly every performance indicator shows progress in the district, and much of that progress is significant."

In charting progress from year to year, Gordon said, CMSD had a strong year, with gains in most tested areas, including in 13 of the state's 16 reading and math measures.

"While we still have much work to do, we are delighted to learn the District earned record high performance in 6th and 8th grade reading proficiency, in 6th and 10th grade math proficiency and in 8th grade science proficiency," he said. "We also achieved a record graduation rate of 62.8 percent, up 8.5% from the previous year."

CMSD saw improvement on several indicators again this year. The District's Performance Index, which is the overall measure of student performance across all grades and subjects tested, climbed another 1.4 points this year.

The number of buildings rated Continuous Improvement, Effective or Excellent increased again, with the most substantial increase appearing in the number of CMSD schools rated Effective this year. Overall, 42% of CMSD's schools received a C or better grade, with 22% receiving a grade of B or higher.

"It is disappointing to learn that, despite system-wide and building level gains, CMSD earned the "Below" value added rating, decreasing our Continuous Improvement rating to Academic Watch," said Gordon. "But while we are disappointed in the rating, we are also encouraged by the extraordinary gains we are seeing overall. Nearly every performance indicator show that we are, in fact, continuously improving."

That is the message Gordon says he is sending to the teachers and leaders who did exactly what he asked of them last school year and what he expects them to continue to do this year.

Their work is evidenced by increases in proficiency in reading, science and math across the system, and Gordon says he looks forward to seeing and analyzing the detailed data to better understand a score that is inconsistent with those gains.

A Statement from Mayor Frank G. Jackson

Ultimately, our return to Academic Watch demonstrates the need for systemic change in how we educate our children. Our new CEO Eric Gordon is focused on transforming CMSD step by step. He has a plan that will help better educate our children but that plan and his actions need to be supported by systemic change. Continuing business as usual in terms of seniority, merit pay, teacher evaluations and school funding will result in business as usual in terms of educational attainment. It's time for systemic change regarding these issues and for the entire system - teachers, parents, administrators and elected officials - to be held accountable for educating our children.

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