Cleveland Metropolitan Schools improve in national assessment

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CLEVELAND- After years of finishing near the bottom among other big-city school districts in the country, Cleveland Metropolitan School District CEO Eric Gordon says the 2015 scores are the best indicator so far that the Cleveland is working.

The reforms, which were implemented in the fall of 2013, laid out a blue print to improve schools and the way they operate.

On Wednesday, the National Assessment of Education Progress, also known as the nation's report card, came out. It is the largest and most complete assessment of what students can do. It gauges everything from arts and languages to history and reading.

According to this year's report, which is based on 2013, Cleveland was one of five districts where reading scores improved. CMSD was one of 10 districts where scores stayed the same in math. But the report also showed that only 11 percent of Cleveland students are proficient in both subjects.

In the last report two years ago, Cleveland students scored second to last in both reading and math out of 21 big-city districts.

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