Message from CEO Eric S. Gordon
It’s hard to believe we are already half way through the 2017-18 school year. As we approach the start of the second semester, we have much to reflect on, to be grateful for and to celebrate in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District.
Our state report card released at the start of the school year was a reminder of the continued challenges we face in meeting Ohio’s new, more rigorous learning standards for our students. Their academic performance, gauged against the performance of their peers across the state, was also an affirmation of reforms in place as CMSD continues to build on the progress we are seeing under The Cleveland Plan.
Our students’ improved performance shows that CMSD is now the fastest-improving urban school district in Ohio, having outperformed 88 other Ohio school districts in K-3 Literacy this year. With a 20% increase in our graduation rate, CMSD is the third-fasted growing district in the Ohio 8.
Strong parental engagement is key to the success we are seeing, our students’ attendance continues to improve and CMSD students are graduating better prepared than ever for the colleges and careers that await them.
Even as we are seeing gains in every type of school we offer in a growing portfolio of school choices at CMSD, we are mindful of the many challenges our students and families face that can be barriers to success. Our caring and dedicated educators are as committed as ever to building on strategies that are working, and to increasing the partnerships we are forming with a growing number of community agencies dedicated to removing barriers and ensuring the success of every child in Cleveland.
Today and every day of the school year, I am grateful to those who are helping us reach that goal by ensuring those supports are in place throughout a child’s K-12 school experience.
Congratulations on a great first semester at CMSD!
Sincerely,Eric S. GordonChief Executive Officer