In Cuyahoga County, 42% of kids are not prepared or on-track" for kindergarten. This means they are already behind from the moment they walk into a school.
School readiness has effects beyond the first few months of kindergarten; children with higher levels of school readiness at age five are generally more successful in grade school, are less likely to drop out of high school, and are more likely to earn more as adults, even after adjusting for differences in family background (Duncan et al., 2007, Duncan et al., 2010).
In Cuyahoga County, about 25% Black children are ready for kindergarten compared to 50% of white children.
Percent of incoming kindergarten students who are "not on track"
Cleveland Municipal School District
Inner ring suburbs school districts
Outer ring suburbs school districts
Ohio Department of Education, compiled by The Center for Community Solutions.