Eye on Education

After New Money and New Reform Plan, Cleveland School District Fails to Meet Goals

Last year, the Cleveland school district embarked on a new school improvement plan. The district also convinced voters to approve a 15 mill-levy. District leaders told voters that if the district failed to meet the goals of its improvement plan, they would not ask voters to renew the levy.

But the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that Cleveland, Ohio’s second largest school district, has failed to meet the first set of those school improvement goals.

The most recent state report cards show, however, that the district met just a third of the incremental improvement goals in 2012-13.

Four of the seven tested grades – grades 3 through 8, plus 10th – showed the desired improvement in reading, but only one of the seven grades met the goals for the year in math. The others all fell short.

“We have a lot of work to do,” Gordon told the school board Tuesday. “But in a lot of cases we did increase achievement and close gaps.”

Read more at: www.cleveland.com

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