Cleveland Test Scores Low on Nation's Report Card

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Cleveland Public Schools — ever gripped in the struggle for improvement — were dealt a blow this week when a national analysis of test data showed the district holding down a low spot on a list of 17 urban schools systems.

The U.S. Department of Education released the “Nation’s Report Card” this week, detailing the results of science test scores for fourth- and eighth-graders in 2009, according to the Plain Dealer. The results were not good: Cleveland’s fourth-graders were ranked 16th, kept out of the basement by Detroit; the eighth-graders did better, landing above Detroit, Baltimore and Philadelphia.

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