State report cards indicate CMSD is progressing in K-3 literacy, on-time graduation

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CLEVELAND, Ohio — State report cards released by the Ohio Department of Education today indicate that the Cleveland Metropolitan School District is progressing in two key areas.

A release from CMSD says that the district has improved in literacy for students in kindergarten through third grade and in on-time graduation.

The release states that the district’s K-3 literacy rate grew by 4.2 percent, which CEO Eric Gordon described as “significant” for a large urban district. However, despite that increase, the state raised its passing rate for this year’s class, which dropped the district’s overall rating to an F.

“Even though state tests change from year to year and make it difficult to make the apples-to-apples comparisons we can see on the more consistent NAEP (Nation’s Report Card) tests, we are encouraged by the gains we are seeing in grades K-3 and by our gains in the most stable measure of our growth–a record-high graduation rate,” said Gordon.

The district’s on-time graduation rate grew from 52.1 percent to 66 percent, which reflects a 13-percent gain over four years.

“Continued growth in our graduation rate, along with gains in our K-3 literacy rate over last year,” said Gordon, “reflects the growth and momentum evident in our NAEP scores that branded CMSD the ‘fastest growing district in the nation’ by the Executive Director of the Council of the Great City Schools.”

The report cards are available here.