CLEVELAND, November 6, 2018—Today, the Cleveland Transformation Alliance released its 2018 report on the impact of Cleveland’s Plan for Transforming Schools. Overall, the report shows the positive impact of the Cleveland Plan.
“Our community is making progress,” says Piet van Lier, Transformation Alliance executive director. “It’s encouraging that a diverse group of stakeholders is still focused on our shared goal of ensuring all Cleveland children attend quality schools. Few cities across the country can point to the level of enduring commitment we’re seeing in Cleveland.”
The report highlights the following data for the city’s K-12 schools:
- Another increase in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District’s four-year graduation rate, up 22 percentage points since 2010;
- An increase for all public schools in Cleveland in the percentage of students meeting requirements for promotion to fourth grade;
- CMSD students’ performance on state tests improved for the second year in a row. Average scores for Cleveland charter schools declined, although they remain higher than the district average;
- CMSD also improved on the state’s measure of academic growth. The average for Cleveland charters declined, but remains well above the district average.
The Transformation Alliance continues its work to update the strategies and goals of the Cleveland Plan to ensure it remains responsive to the needs of the community.
“Our work to update the Cleveland Plan is driven by the need to accelerate improvement in our city’s public schools,” says van Lier. “We also are prioritizing collaborative work to improve teaching and learning in schools that serve children in kindergarten through 8th grade.”