CMSD NEWS BUREAU
The first big story of 2019—the arrival of Say Yes to
Education in Cleveland—was also the biggest story of the
But while Say Yes grabbed headlines from start to finish,
CMSD had other moments in the spotlight, especially when it came
to state and national report cards. The District also set
standards for others, inspiring plans to help students
nationwide control their emotions and schools in Ohio improve
Philanthropist and “Say Yes to Education” founder George Weiss
mingles with the crowd at the John Marshall Campus after announcing
that Cleveland had been named the nation's fourth community chapter
of Say Yes.
Here are the CMSD News Bureau's Top 10 stories of the year:
On Jan. 18, philanthropist George Weiss announced
designation of Cleveland as
the nation's fourth community chapter of Say Yes to
Education. Say Yes Cleveland provides scholarships
that fill gaps in tuition and helps align services, from
mental health counseling to after-school programs, that can
assist students and families in overcoming barriers to
success. In the fall, the Class of 2019 showed a 4-point
rise in the percentage of students enrolling in college,
increase since 2014.
A new state report card, released in September, showed CMSD outpacing
a majority of school districts in
the state—urban, suburban and rural—for growth in K-3
literacy improvement, graduation rate and performance index,
a composite of all test scores.
A month later, a new Nation's Report Card, formally known as
the National Assessment of Educational Progress, had
CMSD faring well when
compared with districts across the country.
For example, District eighth-graders improved in reading and
fourth-graders held steady while scores across the country
In November, the Board of Education approved
a long-term plan for
programs and facilities that is designed to maximize use of
limited resources, put more students in higher performing
schools and modernized buildings and deliver on a promise,
made in The Cleveland Plan, to give every child in
the District access to a quality education. Based on
extensive data analysis and community feedback, the plan
included several school closings and consolidations, as well
as new construction financed with state funds and a local
bond issue. Heeding community input, CEO Eric Gordon delayed
a proposal to
close the Collinwood high school building. He also withdrew
a plan to phase out New Tech West.
On July 1, CEO Gordon began a one-year term as chair
of the Council
of the Great City Schools Board
of Directors. The council represents 76 of the nation's
largest school systems and serves as the country's leading
voice for urban education.
A prestigious national commission called for blending
students’ social and emotional learning with core academic
that were released in January mirror
many practices that the commission had examined in
The Cleveland Browns launched a new statewide school
attendance initiative that also takes
its cue from CMSD.
The Cleveland Browns Foundation has served as the lead
partner in the District's “Get 2 School. You Can Make
It!” attendance campaign.
Campus International High School was officially named
an International Baccalaureate school, making
CMSD one of three districts in Ohio to offer IB from
kindergarten through 12th grade.
The Lincoln-West School of Science and Health, the
only high school in the country based in a hospital, graduated
its first seniors,
and all were accepted to colleges. State Superintendent
Paolo DeMaria visited
the school's classrooms at
MetroHealth's main campus in September.
CEO Gordon, who
already ranks as the District’s longest serving
superintendent in four decades, received
a four-year contract extension from
the Board of Education.
The list could have been longer, or other stories could have
arguably muscled their way into the Top 10. For example, seven
schools—the largest number yet—received
state Momentum Awards for
academic growth that exceeded expectations. Shoes and Clothes
for Kids and school-wear company French Toast launched
a three-year pilot program that
will provide uniforms and supplies to all K-3 classrooms in five
schools in an attempt to improve attendance and reading scores.
The Joseph M. Gallagher School chess team won a state
championship. Only eight schools started classes with new
principals, a testament to District
efforts to develop and support school leaders.
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