Cleveland Schools to go Door-to-Door in Attempt to Improve Testing

CLEVELAND (AP) - Teachers, school officials and volunteers in the nation's poorest big city plan to go door-to-door to educate families about the importance of the upcoming state graduation test.

Cleveland Municipal School District C-E-O Eugene Sanders says the effort is part of plans to improve the 58-thousand-student school's academic performance.

All students must pass the five-part exam to receive an Ohio diploma.

The district has been under mayoral control since 1998 and was under court-ordered state control for years before that because of mismanagement and low student scores.

The plan announced today also includes handing out booklets with sample questions and test-taking tips and a 24-hour help line - 2-1-6-5-7-4-TEST.

The exam begins March 12th. It tests reading, writing, social studies, science and math.