The mission of the Center for Urban Education at Cleveland State University is to promote academic success, wellness, and equity in P-20 urban education in Northeast Ohio and beyond through research, evaluation, and technical assistance. Center announcements can be found below, and additional information about the Center can be found on the left sidebar menu.
Center Report Highlighted in Cleveland State of the Schools Address
In his 2017 State of the Schools Address on September 27, the CEO of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD), Eric Gordon, began his remarks by citing a report written by the Center of Urban Education and the Office of Evidence and Inquiry at Cuyahoga Community College. The report is entitled Cleveland Metropolitan School District Performance in the First Year of the Cleveland Plan, and it shows that, after adjusting for demography and prior performance, CMSD performed above average on multiple indicators in 2013-14 compared to other districts in the state. Gordon used the report to make a point that, "if put on a level playing field with our peers, CMSD teachers can teach just as well, and CMSD students can teach just as well as their peers." The full address can be found here.
Center Awarded Research Grant from U.S. Department of Education
The Center for Urban Education, as part of a research partnership with the Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) and the American Institutes for Research, was awarded a $400,000 grant from the Institute of Education Sciences of the U.S. Department of Education for a two-year study of school climate and student achievement, attendance, and behavior in CMSD schools. The grant will also support partnership-building activities between the participating organizations with the goal of increasing CMSD's capacity to use research. The study, entitled the "Cleveland Alliance for School Climate Research" will combine data from student surveys, interviews with students, and district adminstrative data to understand the relationship between school climate and student education outcomes and to explore subgroup disparities in students' experiences of school climate. Dr. Adam Voight, Director of the Center for Urban Education, is the principal investigator. The project began on July 1, 2017. The IES press release for this funding intiative can be found here.
Center Staff Publish Study of Student Mobility and School Engagement
Adam Voight, the Director of the Center for Urban Education, and Regina Giraldo-García, Research Assistant in the Center for Urban Education, along with Beth Shinn of Vanderbilt University, published a study in the journal Urban Education entitled "The Effects of Residential Mobility on the Education Outcomes of Urban Middle School Students and the Moderating Potential of Civic Engagement." Using data from approximately 2,000 students in a Southeastern U.S. city, the study found that students who change homes during the course of a school year suffer negative consequences on their academic achievement and attendance. However, this negative effect of mobility is attentuated for students who are engaged in the civic life of their schools (e.g., being invovled in clubs, groups, and after-school programs). U.S. Census data suggest that about 10 percent of middle-school-aged youth in the U.S. change residences each year, and this new study recommends that schools identify and intentionally engage these mobile students in school civic activities. The full study can be found here.