Closing The Achievement Gap - CTAG


Carla Sibley 


Closing the Achievement Gap (CTAG) identifies and supports ninth graders at Buchtel and East CLCs and Kenmore and North High Schools who are falling behind and at risk of dropping out of school.

Students are selected for the program based on having at least one of five risk factors:

  • Missing 36 or more days of school
  • Having an out-of-school suspension
  • Failing two or more subjects
  • Being retained
  • Ohio Achievement Assessment (OAA) risk

CTAG began in 2010 and has already proven effective in:

  • Improving behavior
  • Reducing absences
  • Helping students earn more credits
  • Promotion to 10th grade

The program averages approximately 240 students annually.

The program was first developed under former Governor Ted Strickland and is now incorporated in Race to the Top Assurance Area E, which focuses on improving low-performing schools, including improving graduation rates in buildings with rates under 80 percent.

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