To create school profiles on ClevelandTA.org, the Transformation Alliance relies on information from the Ohio Department of Education, individual district and charter schools in Cleveland, and members of the community who review their schools.
How to Use this Site
Choose Your School
Cleveland is home to more than 160 district and charter schools. There are elementary schools, middle schools, K-8 schools, PreK-8 schools, 6-12 schools and high schools. With so many options and school types available, understanding school quality and determining whether a school is a good fit for your family can be a complicated process. The Transformation Alliance is here to provide information to families to help guide them through the process of choosing a school, and to help them find schools that reflect quality academic standards.
To help families find the school that will best fit their individual needs, ClevelandTA.org profiles every public school option in Cleveland. The Alliance surveyed more than 900 parents to find out what is important to them when choosing a school, and the results have been incorporated into this interactive website and our printed School Quality Guide.
Each school profile features five quality indicators, along with school-level demographic information, including race/ethnicity, special needs, and student and teacher attendance rates:
- Academic Performance shows the school’s overall academic performance based on a combination of two state ratings. For K-8 schools, the two ratings are performance index (PI) and one-year value-add. For high schools, the two ratings are performance index and graduation rates. We call this the Alliance School Quality Framework (performance index, value-add score and graduation rates are explained fully below in No. 5). Using these combined ratings, the Alliance School Quality Framework groups schools into one of four academic categories: High Performing, Mid Performing, Low Performing, or Failing. For a school to be ranked as High Performing, it must have an A or B in both measures. For a school to rank as Mid Performing, it must have an A or B in one measure and a C in the other. Schools ranked as Low Performing have an A, B or C in one measure and a D or F in the other. Schools ranked as Failing have a D or F in both. Within those rankings, a school may fall higher or lower than others in that same category. If a school is not assigned a category under the Alliance School Quality Framework, it is too new to receive a rating based on state tests or does not have enough students in the relevant grades.
- Academic Performance History shows where a school falls in the Alliance School Quality Framework over a period of up to three years. This will help you see how a school is doing over time.
- Community Reviews show what people with direct knowledge of a school—parents and guardians, students, educators and community members—think about the school. Community reviewers give a one- to five-star rating to a school, and the Alliance averages the reviews to come up with a single community review score. Some schools have no reviews yet; others have many. More community reviews are posted to this website on a regular basis, and you can create an account and post a review the school you know best.
- School-provided Information includes things like school mission and educational philosophy, highlighted academic offerings, student engagement and activities, parent and community involvement, student resources and services, technology and safety. Participation is voluntary, and not all schools have responded to requests for information for this section. If you see that your school does not have a profile, ask your school’s leader to provide one: parents want to know about schools!
- State-reported Information includes both State Ratings and Student Population. Ratings are letter grades given by the Ohio Department of Education for performance index, three-year value-add (K-8 schools only) and graduation rates (high schools only). The Ohio Department of Education does not yet give schools a single, comprehensive rating. If a school’s state ratings are listed as NR (not rated), this means it is too new to receive a rating based on state tests. If a school has NC (not calculated) under the heading Student Population, it is because the state does not provide data for groups with fewer than 10 children.
- Performance Index measures the state test results of every student. There are six levels on the index and schools receive points for every student in each of these levels. The higher the achievement level, the more the points awarded in the school's index. This rewards schools and districts for improving performance.
- Progress, or Value-Add looks at how much each student in grades 4 through 8 learns in a year. It answers the question – Did the students get a year’s worth of growth? Did they get more? Did they get less? Schools where students made about a year’s worth of growth receive a C; those with more than a year’s worth of growth receive an A or a B depending on how much progress students made. Schools where students made less than a year’s worth of growth receive a D or F. The state uses a three-year average score, so there may be a difference between the state’s value-add score and the one-year value-add score used for the Alliance School Quality Framework.
- Graduation Rates show how many ninth graders in a school graduated in four or five years. This score is used only for high schools.
Note: The state assesses and rates dropout recovery schools differently, reporting four-, five-, six- and seven-year graduation rates for each school, along with the percentage of students passing all five state tests required for graduation. The Alliance displays the four- and six-year graduation rates, as well as the percentage of students passing all required tests.
Filters allow website users to find schools based on academic performance, grade levels served, and status as a school that has started in the past three years.
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The mission of the Cleveland Transformation Alliance is to ensure that every child in Cleveland attends a quality school and that every neighborhood has great schools. Our website serves as a vehicle to monitor progress on Cleveland’s Plan for Transforming Schools, the blueprint to making our mission a reality. This site will feature reports and updates that help our community monitor the Cleveland Plan’s implementation and advocate for quality schools for all...stay in the loop by signing up for our newsletter.