CLEVELAND, February 23, 2017 -- Collaborative work to reinvent public education in Cleveland continues to show mixed results, according to a new report released today by the Cleveland Transformation Alliance. Cleveland's Plan for Transforming Schools, the citywide plan to ensure quality schools for all children, was launched in 2012 by civic leaders and continues to drive improvement efforts.
For this third report on the impact of the Cleveland Plan, the Alliance analyzed state data released in September 2016, as well as data on early childhood education and career and college readiness.
The report finds encouraging progress, with increasing enrollment for CMSD and its partnering charters, as well as rising graduation rates and indicators that show students are being better prepared for college and career.
Other indicators suggest that the work to transform our public schools is not producing the results we need, particularly as measured by state test results and year-to-year academic growth of Cleveland students. While it is hard to know whether lower scores mean decreased learning or are simply a result of new standards and tests implemented in recent years, stakeholders cannot ignore signs that Cleveland students are not keeping pace with students around the state, according to the report.
The Alliance's next report on Cleveland Plan progress will be based on its assessment of the ongoing work being done to improve Cleveland's public schools, both district and charter, as well state data scheduled for release in September 2017.
The Cleveland Transformation Alliance is a nonprofit organization created to: (1) Assess the quality of all district and charter schools in Cleveland; (2) Communicate to parents about quality school choices; (3) Report on implementation of the citywide education plan; and (4) Monitor charter sector quality and growth. The Alliance Board of Directors includes representatives from CMSD, the charter school sector, the Cleveland Teachers Union, the business community, nonprofits, foundations, educators and parents.