Cleveland Plan News

November 2019

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CMSD performs well in national tests

The new Nation’s Report Card is out, and it shows CMSD faring well in reading and math when compared with districts across the country.

Officially known as the National Assessment of Educational Progress, the tests are given every two years to fourth- and eighth-graders. Nearly 600,000 students participated this year.

The 2019 NAEP, released Oct. 30, shows:

  • Eighth-graders improved in reading and fourth-graders held steady from 2017. Meanwhile, reading scores nationwide, representing districts large and small, declined sharply.
  • CMSD fourth-graders made significant gains in math that stand out among those in other urban districts. Improvement among special-education students helped drive the increase.
  • CMSD eighth-grade math scores dipped slightly, but scores for the nation as a whole fell significantly.

“Like the results found on the new Ohio state report card we received last month, these results confirm that CMSD is making progress,” Chief Executive Officer Eric Gordon said. “We know that we have a long way to go, but we are clearly gaining momentum.”


2,000 attend Cleveland Goes to College Fair (Photo gallery)

More than 2,000 CMSD juniors and seniors came by bus to the East Professional Center on Oct. 22 for the fourth annual Cleveland Goes to College Kickoff and College Fair.

After listening to a motivational speaker in the auditorium, they walked into a gym filled with small tables draped with college logo covers. Standing behind the tables were representatives from more than 70 two- and four- year colleges as well as the military and trade schools.

For many of these scholars, going to college is within their reach now more than ever because Cleveland has become the nation's fourth community affiliate of Say Yes To Education. Say Yes Cleveland will pay up to the full value of tuition, minus federal and state aid, to all two- and four-year public colleges, universities and Pell-eligible training programs in Ohio and more than 100 private colleges and universities across the country.


Award winning teachers honored at gala (Video, photo gallery)

The winners of this year’s Excellence in Teaching Award may differ a bit in approach, but they share a commitment to urban education and a belief that all students can thrive in the classroom.

“Great education should be everywhere, not just in the suburbs,” said Timothy Trepal, who teaches 11th- and 12th-grade Advanced Placement and honors social studies courses at the Cleveland School of Science and Medicine. “I chose CMSD to make a difference.”

Trepal was one of 10 winners honored Oct. 16 at the Ballroom at Park Lane. They were surprised with news of the distinction in their classrooms in September. Trepal has been teaching for six years, all with CMSD; some of the others have been in the profession for more than 20 or even 30 years.


Excellence in Teaching 2019

CMSD, Case Western testing children for lead poisoning

The kids have their fingers pricked to get drops of their blood. But they earn a sticker, pick up a free toy and help Cleveland respond to a major community health crisis.

A third year of blood testing, conducted with parental consent, has begun for 3- to 6-year-olds attending CMSD’s elementary schools. Samples drawn by Case Western Reserve University nursing students and District nurses will be used to screen children for high levels of lead.

Children can get lead poisoning after exposure to lead-based paint, as well as contaminated soil and water that flows through lead pipes. The effects can include developmental delays, learning difficulties, behavioral problems and speech and language deficiencies.

The problem is widespread in Cleveland because most of the housing was built before 1978, when the United States banned the manufacture of lead-based house paint.


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Students pitch marketing ideas for schools (Photo gallery, video)

District CEO Eric Gordon's Student Advisory Committee met Oct. 11 at Windows on the River. The 400 or so high school students arrived to discover that they were being recruited to work as marketing specialists.

CMSD students and their families can choose from among more than 30 District high schools. At this meeting, the first of four the students will attend this school year, Gordon asked the students to come up with “Shark Tank” style appeals to attract prospective students and their families.

After preliminary competition, eight teams of students from different high schools pitched their ideas to six parents whose middle school-age students will soon be going into ninth grade