NAEP scores should serve as reliable measure of Cleveland Plan success
Today’s release of the National Assessment of EducationalProgress (NAEP) report shows how CMSD students fared on tests in February and March of last school year (2013), and provides what CEO Eric Gordon calls an important baseline for measuring progress of The Cleveland Plan.
“CMSD is a voluntary participant in the Trial Urban DistrictAssessment (TUDA) and the only district in Ohio whose results are made public,”said Gordon. “That is important in Cleveland, where our school community has made a significant investment in quality education and has high expectations that we will deliver the results they want to see in their schools.”
Unlike Ohio’s achievement tests and state report cards that will continue to change significantly over the next several years, NAEP, the Nation’s Report Card, serves as a steady and reliable measure for CMSD and other districts to know every two years where they are performing against other districts in the state and nation.
The most recent series of tests was administered after CMSD had endured years of deep cuts in staff, programs and services and measured progress of students at a time when the district had just restored the full K-8 academic program in January of 2013.
“Today’s NAEP scores reflect the last assessment of our students’ performance before we were in a position to fully implement the reforms in the Cleveland Plan,” said Gordon. “We have an extraordinary opportunity between now and the next test in 2015 to alter a pattern of low and flat performance that has persisted in Cleveland over the last 10 years.”
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In fact, CMSD now has over a decade of results for fourth- and eighth grade reading and math, and with The Cleveland Plan now fully in place, has baseline data to measure gains attributed to The Cleveland Plan’s school reform initiatives.
“Our next measurement in 2015 will occur when we are halfway through the implementation of our Cleveland Plan strategies and will provide the clearest evidence of where our school reforms are making adifference,” said Gordon.
The importance of having a truly stable national report card cannot be overstated, he said, especially when the Cleveland community’s continued investment in its public schools is dependent on measured results.
The National Assessment of Educational Progress is highly regarded as a continuing, nationally representative assessment of what American students know and can do in various subject areas. Its assessments are conducted every two years in math and reading and periodically in other subjects.
Because NAEP assessments are administered uniformly, using the same sets of test booklets across the nation, its results provide a common metric for all states and for selected urban districts like Cleveland.