Where you send your child to school is one of the most important decisions you can make. The new school quality data was released by the state this week, and I wanted to highlight some of the schools making progress with Black children, and encourage families to visit.
But before I get to the public schools showing the most progress, let me give a warning. These numbers may be imperfect since it is the first rollout, and no number can capture a school, or the variation within it. So please take these lists as starting points and do your homework.
Digging into the new data
Everything I am showing here is publicly available on the OUSD website, though you need to poke around some. And now is the time to research and apply to schools in open enrollment. We have never had more options, easier ways to enroll, or more information about schools, so we need make the best choices we can. And there was an East Oakland Enrollment Fair last weekend and one in the West next weekend.
Elementary Schools where Latino/a students made the most gains
Madison Park TK-5 and Aspire Monarch Academy are showing outstanding gains in both Math and ELA and both producing relatively high scores over all. Here is the entire list here with the larger bars showing larger gains. Click the graphs for a larger and clearer image.
(note that gray lines mean that less than 30 students were tested, and the other colors relate to how high the average scores were)
There are fewer K-8 schools, but Greenleaf and Ascend both showed real progress in math and ELA, while American Indian had the largest ELA gains.
Knowledge is power
So please, take advantage of your options and the information at your disposal. There are enrollment fairs coming up from OUSD and Enroll Oakland over the next several weeks. Your children are counting on you to do the best by them, and that starts with making informed choices.
Let me know if I can help, and I will be doing future posting on middles and high schools, as well as other subgroups.
You have the tools, now use them.