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Cleveland Schools on Academic Emergency

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CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Metropolitan School District was downgraded to Academic Emergency status following newly released preliminary report card data.

The district’s overall performance on the state’s 24 achievement tests showed no improvement during the 2011 – 2012 school year, dropping the rating from Academic Watch. The drop was the result of two consecutive school years with a “negative” value-added rating.

District CEO Eric Gordon addressed the rating drop saying, in part:

“We will, of course, take a careful look at the State’s data when it becomes available to us, to determine exactly why our district did not meet the value added learning goal. In the meantime, we will continue to direct our focus on the needs of our students and on the critical work ahead.”

The rating drop comes amid passage of the Cleveland Plan proposed by Mayor Frank Jackson, and the proposed levy on the November ballot which, if passed, will be used to support it.

For more information about the Cleveland Plan, click here.