State of the schools: Cleveland schools’ CEO says progress being made

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CLEVELAND -  Calling it a celebration of educational progress, Cleveland City Schools' CEO Eric Gordon says the city’s students are doing very well.

He made those remarks at the Fourth Annual State of the Schools Luncheon held by the Cleveland City Club Monday afternoon.

Superintendent Gordon says student performance is up across the board in reading, science and math.

Third graders especially are doing well, with more than 86 percent moving on to the fourth grade last year.

But with all the progress Gordon says that if students don’t come to school they can’t learn. That’s why this year, the system will concentrate on attendance.

“This year we've kicked off our "get to school you can make it" campaign to make sure that we really solve this problem of failure by attendance...get our kids to school so we can teach them.  And I'm certain based on the results we've seen so far that when they come we can teach them." Gordon said.

Gordon says the district also gained students this year, with 88 students enrolled in specialty programs like the school of the arts and into stem programs.

Gordon says that number might not sound like much, but the district has lost an average of 2000 students a year over the past six years or so. So it's moving in the right direction.

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