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 Staff Publish Study of School Climate
Center for Urban Education staff, led by Steven Sanders and including Laura Fogarty, Regina Giraldo-García, and Adam Voight, published a study in the journal School Psychology International entitled "Does a Rising Climate Lift all Boats? Differential Associations of Perceived Climate and Achievement for Students with Disabilities and Limited English Proficiency." Using data from approximately 26,000 students in an urban district, the study found that students who perceive their schools to be safer and more supportive peform better on tests of math and reading. This corroborated previous research on school climate and achievement. A novel finding was that the association between climate and achievement is stronger for students with disabilities at all levels of schooling compared to students without disabilities. This suggests that a positive school climate may mitigate well-documented achievement gaps based on disability. A similar moderating effect was detected for English language learners but only for reading achievement at the high school level. The full study can be found here.
Center Releases Report on Greater Cleveland K-12 School Performance
The Center for Urban Education released a report of the performance of Greater Cleveland Public and Charter Schools, in Context, 2017-18. Based on a methodology used in a prior Center report on the progress of the Cleveland Plan that was featured in the 2017 State of the Schools address by Eric Gordon, superintendent of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, this new report adjusts schools' Performance Index scores based on student and school demographics.
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.