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
Cleveland is home to more than 160 public schools, both district and charter. There are elementary, middle, K-8, PreK-8, and both traditional and specialty high schools. With so many different school options available, we know it may be difficult to select the best school for your child. The Cleveland Transformation Alliance created this website to help you understand the differences between each of the schools across the city and decide which one may be the best fit for your child.
The state has made significant changes to the tests public school students must take each year. These changes mean it’s impossible to make year-to-year comparisons of schools based on test results. That’s why the Alliance uses academic ratings and the state measures of student academic growth to compare each school to other public schools in Cleveland.
On each school page, you will see the following indicators:
- Community Reviews show what parents, students, educators and community members think about a particular school. Reviewers give a one- to five-star rating by responding to a five-question survey, and the Transformation Alliance averages the reviews to come up with a single score.
- Academic Rating shows how well students do on state tests compared to students at other Cleveland public schools. Schools where students score in the top third of all Cleveland schools, both district and charter, are labeled Above Average; schools in the middle third are labeled Average; and schools in the bottom third are labeled Below Average. We also provide a rank for each rated school, to show how they stack up compared to other schools serving similar grades, either kindergarten through 8th or 9th through 12th.
- Progress compares year-to-year academic growth at each school relative to other public schools in Cleveland and is based on the state’s measure of how much students learn over the course of a year. This allows you to see if students are learning more or less than similar students during the school year. In this section, school are also labeled Above Average, Average and Below Average and ranked among all schools serving grades K through 8 and 9 through 12.
- Graduation Rate Trend shows, for each year since 2012, how many 9th graders have graduated from the 12th grade after four years of high school.
- College-Going Rate shows the percentage of graduates from the Class of 2013 that went to college within two years of graduating from high school.
- Third Grade Reading Guarantee shows the percentage of 3rd graders that met requirements for promotion to 4th grade.
- Student Race/Ethnicity shows the percentage enrollment of different demographic groups.
- Special Needs shows the percentages of students with disabilities, gifted students and English Language Learners in each school.
- Attendance shows attendance rates for teachers and students at the school.
On each school's page, you will also find School Provided Information, which includes information about the school’s mission and educational philosophy, highlighted academic offerings, student engagement and activities, parent and community involvement, student resources and services, technology and safety. If you see that your school does not have a profile, please contact the school for more information.
Also included are “State Ratings, 2015-16.” These are letter grades given by the Ohio Department of Education for Performance Index, Progress (K-8 schools only) and Graduation Rate (high schools only). The Ohio Department of Education does not yet give a school 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 Demographics, 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. The higher the achievement level, the more the points awarded in the school’s index. This rewards schools and districts for improving performance.
- Progress 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 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 was made. Schools where students made less than a year’s worth of growth receive a D or F.
- Graduation Rate shows how many 9th graders in a school graduated four years later. 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. For these schools, the Transformation 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, community ratings 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.