The 2018 State Report Card issued by the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) indicates that Cincinnati Public Schools made gains in elementary literacy, four-year graduation rate, and in Annual Measurable Objectives.
“Cincinnati Public Schools is making progress in key areas, starting with kindergarten literacy advancements, and resulting in an increased percentage of students successfully graduating,” said Laura Mitchell, Superintendent of Cincinnati Public Schools. “These gains are steps in the right direction, but we have more work to do to improve student achievement. That’s why we’re investing strategic partnerships to improve academic outcomes, it’s why we’re dedicated to social-emotional learning to support the whole child, and it’s why we have an unwavering commitment to equity.”
This is the first year the State of Ohio has issued an overall grade for each school district – and CPS received a passing grade. Of the six areas evaluated in the State Report Card, CPS made improvements in five areas and maintained its rating in one category.
CPS made notable strides in its Annual Measurable Objectives, also known as “Gap Closing.” Fifteen schools received an “A” in Gap Closing; 8 schools received a “B” in Gap Closing. CPS’s four-year graduation rate increased, from 72.8 percent for the Class of 2016 to 74.7 percent for the Class of 2017. A higher percentage of students scored proficient or higher on state assessment tests in 2018 than 2017 as indicated under the “Achievement” component.
A greater percentage of students in kindergarten through third grade improved to “on track” status in 2018 compared to 2017. Over 98 percent of third grade students met the Third Grade Reading Guarantee for promotion to the fourth grade. Overall, the 2018 Report Card reflects a jump in K-3 Literacy scores.
“CPS is committed to increasing academic rigor to advance student achievement,” Mitchell said. “We’re seeing those results in ACT scores, more students taking and passing Advanced Placement exams, and ultimately 93 percent of graduating students have declared their career pathway: enrolled in college, enlisted in the military or employed in their chosen career.”
The Ohio Department of Education’s Report Card Resources provides a detailed explanation of the information in the state report cards, as well as the most current and archived report cards for the districts and individual school communities.