CPS celebrates test scores amidst need for a levy

CORRYVILLE, OH (FOX19) - Cincinnati Public Schools is getting ready for the 2011-2012 school year by celebrating high achievement scores on state testing.

Superintendent Mary Ronan presented the district's annual state of school progress report Thursday morning.

Last year CPS student made gains on all 24 state administered tests. The largest increase was 12 percent at third grade mathematics while the overall average increase on every test was five percent.

"That's the direction we need to be going in and our students all have that potential. They're good thinkers, they're good communicators, they're good problem solvers," says Ronan.

Also revealed at the meeting was the school potential need of a tax levy on the November ballot.

CPS School Board President Eve Bolton says there are two options ranging from 7.9 to 8.1 million dollars.

A permanent improvement levy would address the need for long term necessities like textbooks and new technology. An operating levy is money that can be used for anything the school board determines in necessary.

"We are in hopes that we can maintain our moneys," says Bolton. "What we need to do now is focus on academic achievement. We have to increase the rigor of our curriculum."

CPS teachers are not surprised by the need for another levy. Dater High School music teacher Lee Black says he will support a levy.

"Technology is money and we do need those funds to help our students. Course the fear is if the levy doesn't pass we'll have to make do with what we have," says Black.

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