Middle Schools that Parents of Latino/a Students Should Consider Based on the Latest Test Scores

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 last 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.

Middle Schools where Latino/a students made the most gains

Most of the schools showing gains were successful in both math and ELA.   Claremont and Oakland Charter Academy stood out as leaders, and Edna Brewer, Bret Harte and Downtown Charter Academy also appeared on both lists.  Epic charter school showed strong gains on ELA and United for Success made gains in math.

(note that gray lines mean that less than 30 students were tested, and the other colors relate to how high the average scores were)

6-12 Schools

There are fewer 6-12 schools, but many made real gains across both subjects.  Coliseum College Prep, and Bay Tech both made significant gains in both subjects and led in one of them.  Similarly, Aspire Golden State, Aspire Lionel Wilson and Madison Park all made gains in both subjects.  LIFE Academy showed gains in ELA.

 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.

You can see my elementary school listings here

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Elementary Schools that Parents of Latino/a Students Should Consider Based on the Latest Test Scores

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)

K-8 Schools

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.

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What’s Happening in Oakland Education This Week and Beyond 12/11

Another busy week in Oakland education with meetings on the OUSD budget crisis as well as many schools doing tours. It’s public school enrollment time in Oakland and families need to make the best choices they can, you can see school tour schedules and registration info below, also the larger school enrollment fairs are coming up, some great conferences, and there are always opportunities for families, educators and ways you can help and get involved, please read and share

This Week

12/11 9:30 AM ICS Prospective Family Tour

12/12 9:00 am – 11:00 am American Indian Public High School Tours (9-12)

12/12 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm Enrollment Information Session at Lighthouse Community School

12/12 6:30PM Alameda County Board of Education

12/13 8:30 AM Edna Brewer Tour

12/13 9:30 AM ICS Prospective Family Tour

12/13 9:00 AM Greenleaf Kinder Dual Information Visit

12/13 9:00 Am Cleveland Elementary Tour

12/13 4:00-5:00 Achieve Academy Info session (pre-K-5)

12/13 10:15 Kaiser Elementary is hosting tours

12/13 4:00 OUSD Board of Education

12/14 8:30am9:30 am Learning Without Limit’s Info Sessions (K-5)

12/14 9:00am10:00Lazear Charter Academy Info Session (TK-8)

12/14-9:00 am – 11:00 am American Indian Public School Tours (K-8)

December 14-6:00 pm – 7:00 pm Enrollment Information Session Lodestar: A Lighthouse Community School

12/15 9:30 AM- 10:30 AM Montera Prospective Parent Tour

12/15 10:30am Cox Academy Info Night (PreK-5)

12/16 West Oakland School and Resource Fair Public 

12/16 Strengthening the Arts Education Ecosystem

12/18 10:15 Kaiser Elementary is hosting tours

12/18 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM Community Study Session about Central Services to Schools

12/19 9:00 AM – 9:45 AM PST Francophone Charter School Tours

12/20 BEO Annual Fireside Chat “Sustaining Communities

December 20, 2017, 5:30-6:30pm Latitude High School 37.8 – Parent Information Session,

Opportunities for Educators/Families/Students

School tours and recruitment fairs above

How you can help

 East Bay College Fund’s Mentor Recruitment season is here! 

This week

12/11 9:30 AM ICS Prospective Family Tour Attention​ ​Prospective​ ​Elementary​ ​School​ ​Parents: Visit​ ​ICS! Location: International Community School (ICS), 2825 International Blvd Oakland, CA 94601Come​ ​see​ ​the​ ​amazing​ ​work​ ​happening​ ​at​ ​ICS!

12/12 9:00 am – 11:00 am American Indian Public High School Tours (9-12) Visit the campus and meet the staff! American Indian Public High School will host tours on the 2nd Tuesday of the month from 9:00-11:00am at 746 Grand Avenue, Oakland, CA 94610   For more information please contact the school at 510-220-5044 746 Grand Ave  oakland, CA 94619 United States+ Google Map Phone: 5102205044 Website: https://www.aimschools.org/

12/12 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm Enrollment Information Session at Lighthouse Community School Come and learn about Lighthouse and Lodestar’s programs and how to apply! No need to sign up ahead of time, walk-ins are welcomed! Lighthouse Community School 444 Hegenberger Road
Oakland, CA 94621 United States+ Google Map
Phone: 510-562-8801 Website: https://lighthousecharter.org/

12/12 6:30PM Alameda County Board of Education 313 W. Winton Avenue in Hayward. View the agenda: http://bit.ly/2klF3Q7 

12/13 8:30 AM Edna Brewer Tour-The Edna Brewer Middle School Outreach Team welcomes all interested parents and guardians to come learn about our high-performing Oakland Public Middle School.Each year we host several Morning Tours and one Evening Informational Event for prospective families. We encourage you to attend both, in order to get a sense of Edna Brewer’s dynamic, inclusive school culture, as well as our outstanding academic and elective programs.The Morning Tours are led by Edna Brewer parent volunteers, who share their first hand knowledge about our school. After touring the campus and visiting classrooms, attendees meet key staff and a panel of 6th, 7th and 8th grade students who present their perspectives on Edna Brewer and answer attendee question. Click here to register

12/13 9:00 AM Greenleaf Kinder Dual Information Visit-Families, you are invited to our Greenleaf Kinder Dual Language Informational Visit! We will include information about our Dual Language Program and the new enrollment process. We will also provide support to enroll your student.

12/13 9:00 Am Cleveland Elementary Tour-Come join and meet the Cleveland community! Cleveland is an award-winning school with a vibrant community! We host several community and cultural events throughout the year that are a lot of fun and help foster strong relationships between parents, students and the school. We take a holistic approach to education that includes not just the core reading, writing and math, but also offers science and environmental hands on learning experiences in our Ecoliteracy program, regular art classes through MOCHA, and year-round regular music classes for students at all grade levels. Cleveland Elementary 745 Cleveland Street, Oakland, CA 94606

12/13 9:30 AM ICS Prospective Family Tour Attention​ ​Prospective​ ​Elementary​ ​School​ ​Parents: Visit​ ​ICS! Location: International Community School (ICS), 2825 International Blvd Oakland, CA 94601Come​ ​see​ ​the​ ​amazing​ ​work​ ​happening​ ​at​ ​ICS! Guided​ ​tours​ ​are​ ​available​ ​on​ ​the​ ​following​ ​dates:

12/13 4:00-5:00 Achieve Academy Info session (pre-K-5) Join Achieve Academy’s Info Session!Learn more about the school and meet the staff, For more information, please call 510-904-6440. Achieve Academy1700 28th ave, Oakland, CA 94601 United States

12/13 10:15 Kaiser Elementary is hosting tours for those considering our school for the 2018-19 school year. Henry J. Kaiser, Jr. School strives to provide a complete academic program in a stimulating and creative learning environment where all can feel respected, valued and safe. We seek to impart the necessary skills for student excellence and to produce well rounded, reflective, socially aware individuals. We value those qualities that cultures and races share, as well as those that make them unique. Our school is an open-enrollment school which focuses on integrating the Arts and Humanities into the curriculum. Attracting students from all over Oakland, Kaiser is unique in the district in the way it brings together children and families from so many diverse backgrounds. Ethnically, Kaiser is a microcosm of the city of Oakland. Click here for more information.

12/13 4:00 OUSD Board of Education-Closed session starts at 4:00 p.m. Open session starts at 5:00 p.m.  For information about Board of Education meetings, visit www.ousd.org/boe. To watch Legislative meetings live, visit www.ousd.org/boewatchLa Escuelita, Great Room
1050 Second Avenue,  Oakland , CA

December 14th,at 8:30am9:30 am Learning Without Limit’s Info Sessions (K-5) Join Learning Without Limit’s Info Sessions! Learn more about the school and tour the campus! http://efcps.org/achieve-academy/

December 14th,9:00am10:00Lazear Charter Academy Info Session (TK-8) Join Lazear Charter Academy ! Learn more about the school and tour the campus!

December 14-9:00 am – 11:00 am American Indian Public School Tours (K-8) Visit the campus and meet the staff! American Indian Public Schools will host K-8th tours will be on the 2nd Thursday of the month from 9:00-11:00am at 171 12th Street, Oakland, CA 94607.     For more information please contact the school at 510-893-8701 American Indian Public School II 171 12th street oakland, CA 94607 United States+ Google Map Phone:510-893-8701Website: https://www.aimschools.org/

December 14-6:00 pm – 7:00 pm Enrollment Information Session Lodestar: A Lighthouse Community School Come and learn about Lighthouse and Lodestar’s programs and how to apply! No need to sign up ahead of time, walk-ins are welcomed! Lodestar: A Lighthouse Community School2634 Pleasant Street oakland, CA 94602 United States+ Google MapPhone: 510-775-0255Website:https://lighthousecharter.org/our-schools/lodestar/

12/15 9:30 AM- 10:30 AM Montera Prospective Parent Tour – Parent-led tours start at 9:30AM with a brief overview of the IB curriculum with Mr Avent and a couple of our student leaders in the Montera courtyard outside the school office, and last about 45-50 minutes concluding back in the courtyard to chat with Montera parents with any other questions you and your student might have. We highly recommend bringing your student, but if they cannot come, we have a Welcome Day that gives our incoming students a day to tour the school with a 7th grader as well as a 2-day Summer Bridge program for our incoming 6th graders. Please register here.

December 15th, 10:30am Cox Academy Info Night (PreK-5) Join Cox Academy’s Information Nights! Learn more about the school and tour the campus.

12/16 Strengthening the Arts Education Ecosystem Join teaching artists, program directors, and arts administrators who make up our landscape of arts education as we explore the question: What does a sustainable arts education ecosystem look like in the Bay Area? Facilitators Aimee Espiritu and Mika Lemoine will help us discover the answer and work toward that vision.

12/16 West Oakland School and Resource Fair Public · Hosted by Enroll Oakland ChartersOakland families are invited to learn more about their public school options. There will be:* School Booths (Elementary, Middle, High schools) – Visit with school principals, teachers and families* Enrollment Booths – Explore and compare public schools using Oakland’s school finder. Get help with your online application and/or enroll online.* Resource Booths – Learn more about support services provided by local community organizations. Defremery Recreation Center 1651 Adeline st, Oakland, CA 94605

12/18 10:15 Kaiser Elementary is hosting tours for those considering our school for the 2018-19 school year. Henry J. Kaiser, Jr. School strives to provide a complete academic program in a stimulating and creative learning environment where all can feel respected, valued and safe. We seek to impart the necessary skills for student excellence and to produce well rounded, reflective, socially aware individuals. We value those qualities that cultures and races share, as well as those that make them unique. Our school is an open-enrollment school which focuses on integrating the Arts and Humanities into the curriculum. Attracting students from all over Oakland, Kaiser is unique in the district in the way it brings together children and families from so many diverse backgrounds. Ethnically, Kaiser is a microcosm of the city of Oakland. Click here for more information.

12/18 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM Community Study Session about Central Services to SchoolsThe LCAP Parent and Student Advisory, along with other District Committees, are partnering with the School Board and Community organizations to host a study session for school site councils and school communities. The purpose of the study session is to build understanding of the services provided to schools through central office departments currently and in recent years.  This is the first of 2 meetings to support feedback for 18-19. The first meeting will focus on providing background information and raising questions. The second meeting in January 2018 will focus on gathering feedback for determining central services in 2018-19. International Community School/Think College Now (Auditorium) 2825 International Blvd. Oakland, CA 94601

December 19, 20179:00 AM – 9:45 AM PST Francophone Charter School Tours for 2018-19 by Francophone Charter School of Oakland Venez visiter l’école ! School tours include a couple of class visits while school is in session, an overview of the school, and a “Questions and Answers” session with our Executive Director Heidi Hughes. We look forward to meeting you soon. A bientôt ! Francophone Charter School of Oakland, 9736 Lawlor Street, Oakland, CA 94605

December 20, 2017, 5:30-6:30pm Latitude High School 37.8 – Parent Information Sessionby Latitude High School 37.8 If you want to attend a small, innovative school that supports you to achieve your college and career goals by doing rigorous, engaging projects in the city of Oakland, then we want you to apply to be a part of our community at Latitude. Learn more about Latitude here: https://www.latitudehigh.org/

12/20 BEO Annual Fireside Chat “Sustaining Communities” BEO Leading Voices presents “Sustaining Community for Our Future” a fireside chat with a group of our community’s most brilliant thought leaders sharing visionary insights in response to the massive migration of black people moving out of California, with a particular focus on the Bay Area. With gentrification, incarceration, lack of jobs rapidly growing, ideals to sustain our community is vital for us to envision how we are to support our families, grow neighborhoods, and build innovative businesses with emerging opportunities, industries and technologies. Join Us!

12/22 9:30 AM- 10:30 AM Montera Prospective Parent Tour – Parent-led tours start at 9:30AM with a brief overview of the IB curriculum with Mr Avent and a couple of our student leaders in the Montera courtyard outside the school office, and last about 45-50 minutes concluding back in the courtyard to chat with Montera parents with any other questions you and your student might have. We highly recommend bringing your student, but if they cannot come, we have a Welcome Day that gives our incoming students a day to tour the school with a 7th grader as well as a 2-day Summer Bridge program for our incoming 6th graders. Please register here.

1/9 5:00-7:00 PM OUSD Middle School Enrollment Fairs – Enrollment Season for all Oakland Public Schols open November 13th! Find and apply to OUSD schools at www.ousd.org/enroll, MLK school, 960 10th st ,Oakland, California

1/10 OUSD Middle School Enrollment Fairs – Enrollment Season for all Oakland Public Schols open November 13th! Find and apply to OUSD schools at www.ousd.org/enroll, Elmhurst Community / Alliance School, 1800 98th ave Oakland, California

January 11th, at 8:30am9:30 am Learning Without Limit’s Info Sessions (K-5) Join Learning Without Limit’s Info Sessions! Learn more about the school and tour the campus! http://efcps.org/achieve-academy/

1/12 9:30 AM- 10:30 AM Montera Prospective Parent Tour – Parent-led tours start at 9:30AM with a brief overview of the IB curriculum with Mr Avent and a couple of our student leaders in the Montera courtyard outside the school office, and last about 45-50 minutes concluding back in the courtyard to chat with Montera parents with any other questions you and your student might have. We highly recommend bringing your student, but if they cannot come, we have a Welcome Day that gives our incoming students a day to tour the school with a 7th grader as well as a 2-day Summer Bridge program for our incoming 6th graders. Please register here.

January 12th, 10:30am Cox Academy Info Night (PreK-5) Join Cox Academy’s Information Nights! Learn more about the school and tour the campus.

January 18th,at 8:30am9:30 am Learning Without Limit’s Info Sessions (K-5) Join Learning Without Limit’s Info Sessions! Learn more about the school and tour the campus! http://efcps.org/achieve-academy/

January 19th, 10:30am Cox Academy Info Night (PreK-5) Join Cox Academy’s Information Nights! Learn more about the school and tour the campus.

January 21st, 9:00am10:00Lazear Charter Academy Info Session (TK-8) Join Lazear Charter Academy ! Learn more about the school and tour the campus!

Opportunities / Funding for Educators and Youth

Our district-wide scholarship is now live! Apply for the East Bay College Fund Opportunity Scholarship today and share with all Oakland high school seniors. Let’s get to college! http://ow.ly/A8Ix30gXK8m  pic.twitter.com/zyudeP8RFw

SMASH Academy Accepting Applications

Since 2004, SMASH has helped bring a rigorous STEM education to hundreds of students from low income, underrepresented communities. A few SMASH facts: Impact: SMASH is a 3 year STEM acceleration summer residential and academic year program that works: check out their alumni outcomes here.Free of Cost: SMASH is a free program — equivalent to a $24,000 scholarship.

 Nationwide: SMASH is continuing to expand to serve more students across the nation. In addition to existing sites at Berkeley, Stanford, UCLA, Davis, and Morehouse College, SMASH will be opening two new sites in 2018: Wayne State University and the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. The SMASH 2018 application deadline is March 1, 2018.  Students can apply at smash.lpfi.org. To learn more visit www.lpfi.org/smash.

How you can help

East Bay College Fund’s Mentor Recruitment season is here! The East Bay College Fund, which is currently supporting 800 Oakland scholars in college, is excited to begin recruiting Mentors for the 2018/19 Scholar year! College is definitely challenging, but it can be made easier with the support and advice of someone who has been there before. Every young person needs supportive relationships in order to grow and develop into thriving, productive, and engaged adults. Mentoring is a powerful way to help the next generation succeed! East Bay College Fund’s next Mentor Information Sessions will be on the following dates:Saturday, November 18th from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.Thursday, December 14th from 6 – 8 p.m.For more information about upcoming mentor information sessions please contact Volunteer Manager, Lena Ringstrom, at [email protected]

 

 

The Oakland Education Week in Review for December 8th

Everything Oakland from the news over the last week—lots on the OUSD budget crisis, the paycheck “snafu” and the new data releases, and schools showing progress with Black students, several student narratives, databases on chronic absence and school quality, fixing the LCFF, desegregation and more,  please read and share

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Oakland

How Is OUSD Doing Compared to 11,000 Other Districts in 3 Graphs?– The typical student in Oakland Unified is further behind in 8th grade than they were in 3rdgrade that’s according to the latest research from Stanford, covered in a recent NY Times article.

Elementary Schools That Black Families Should Consider Based on the Latest Test Scores– 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 today and I wanted to highlight some of the schools making progress with Black children, and encourage families to visit.

New Oakland Schools Report Card Launches to Help Families For the first time ever, as part of the enrollment process for next school year, Oakland families can now compare all public schools, district and charter, using a common framework: the new “Oakland Public School Report Cards.”

Middle and High Schools That Black Families Should Consider Based on the Latest Test Scores– 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 is an East Oakland Enrollment Fair this weekend and one in the West next weekend.

Choose or Lose in Oakland’s Public Schools– Many families don’t know it, but now is the time to apply to all Oakland public schools.  Open enrollment is taking place as we speak.  The window of opportunity to apply is open now, and when it closes, most of the highest quality schools will be full.

OUSD and FCMAT: Preparing for the Dec. 13 Report Next Wednesday, on December 13, OUSD’s Board is expected to vote on extremely painful midyear budget cuts. In the midst of that pain, and in response to a recent report by the state’s Fiscal Crisis and Management Assistance Team (FCMAT), the staff is supposed to present an “action plan’” to strengthen the district’s fiscal management.

OUSD & FCMAT – Part 2 We started with a primer on what the FCMAT is and what’s in the latest report. Today, we take a look at the “good news” – the areas (3 out of 20) in which OUSD earned a positive rating.

OUSD and FCMAT – Part 3 “Based on the information in this report, the district has lost control of its spending, allowing school sites and departments to ignore and override board policies by spending beyond their budgets. In many cases, board policies are knowingly ignored and/or circumvented without consequences.”

My Word: Montera Middle grad says school was excellent, taught her valuable life lessons As a student there from 2014-2017, I loved Montera. And, going into it, I was as scared as any other incoming sixth-grader. But the education that I received from Montera was worth it

Oakland school district blames ‘human error’ after paychecks yanked from bank accounts– More than 2,800 Oakland school employees had their most recent paychecks pulled out of their checking accounts this week, a snafu that district officials initially blamed on a bank error before offering a mea culpa a few hours later

SCHOOL REDUCES MEAT AND UPS VEGAN OPTIONS TO TACKLE CLIMATE CRISIS California is striving for a cleaner and greener future, the San Francisco Examiner reports. With ambitions to cut their carbon footprint, Oakland Unified School District made an inspired change toward plant based menus at schools. In turn, the schools’ carbon footprint was cut by 14% in two years.

What’s Happening in Oakland Education The Week of December 4th and Beyond Another busy week in Oakland education with meetings on the OUSD budget crisis as well as many schools doing tours.

OUSD Families and Staff Oppose Cuts at Schools– Hundreds of chanting protesters – teachers and school workers, parents and their children – filled the Oakland Board of Education meeting room this week to attempt to pressure the school board to halt or reduce the mid-year budget cuts that will directly impact schools and classrooms and result in layoffs of many low-wage school employees.

California School Dashboard: A Look at  Alameda County Results  L. Karen Monroe, Alameda County Superintendent of Schools, states, “The Dashboard as an accountability system, helps to ensure that we are tracking the performance of our students on the state assessment and that students most in need of help do not go unseen.

Latino/a Student Achievement in Oakland: Bringing Equity to My Community– As I listened to concerned parents, students, and staff speak, I learned about the struggles my Latino brothers and sisters are facing within my community. Although some discussed topics broke my heart, they also rose a sense of urgency within not only me, but every individual in the room.

I’m more than my gender Gender norms play a huge role in society. People grow up being taught that there are limits to what they can do based on something they had no control over, their gender.

I Can Still See It A deeply distressing or disturbing experience. Growing up in East Oakland, some kids experience trauma at a young age. I had my first traumatic experience at the age of 10.-

Where are the lights? Do you ever imagine what kids from Oakland go through on a daily? Do you wonder if your house bills are paid? Well, now imagine you’re a high school freshmen that lives with a single parent in a crowded house full of people with no electricity because of a lack of money.

Robot Kits for Innovative East Oakland Middle School I am so excited to see how much fun they will have learning with these kits! They will work in teams of four: chief of marketing, chief design engineer, chief software engineer, and chief testing analyst – to solve different programming problems and creative challenges such as the Robot Dance-Off. YOU made this happen.

Judge issues ruling on Albany High online posting lawsuits A United States District Court judge in San Francisco issued a divided ruling this week on a portion of a case involving an Instagram account created by a former Albany High student that had several racist memes posted on it.

California

More than 1 in 10 California students are ‘chronically absent’ California education officials on Tuesday released school-level data that shows that last year more than 1 in 10 students were chronically absent, defined as missing at least 10 percent of school days for any reason.

Database on chronic absenteeism in California schools 2016-17 For the first time, the California Department of Education has released data on chronic absenteeism in California schools. A student is defined as chronically absent if he or she misses 10 percent of the school year for any reason — through excused or unexcused absences, or suspension.

Too Many Children in California Can’t Read, Lawsuit Claims Is there a constitutional right to literacy?

California School Dashboard provides opportunity for schools ‘to turn data into action’This week the state is launching an online report card that identifies district and school performance in an effort to better help all young Californians succeed.

Think race isn’t a problem in California? New report shows otherwise Don’t be fooled by California’s increasing diversity. Racial and ethnic inequity remains a key problem and a potential barrier to future growth, according to Race Counts, a new Web tool that measures racial and ethnic disparities in the state’s 58 counties.

How education could shape the governor’s race in California: funding, accountability, charter schools For the first time in years, the candidates will have an opportunity to offer big-picture education solutions that aren’t tied to a funding crisis. Brown, who is 79 and will term out next fall after one of the most successful political careers in state history, has presided over a series of spending improvements, including boosts to improve student equity and a localized funding formula.

Jerry Brown’s dilemma: fix school funding formula now or watch others do it later If he chooses, Gov. Jerry Brown can leave office a year from now with the satisfaction of seeing the Local Control Funding Formula, the sweeping school funding and improvement reform he championed, intact and fully funded — at least as the 2013 law defines full funding.

24 ideas for improving the Local Control Funding Formula With Gov. Jerry Brown retiring a year from now, EdSource asked two dozen school leaders, student advocates, legislators and other astute observers to suggest the most important improvements needed to make his landmark education law, the Local Control Funding Formula, more effective, equitable and truer to its promise

The Best of the Rest
WILL AMERICA’S SCHOOLS EVER BE DESEGREGATED? Only a few years ago, school desegregation was a topic confined to history books—a tumultuous chapter of the civil rights era, starting with Brown v. Board of Education and ending, ignominiously, with the backlash of white parents in the 1980s and ’90s.

Middle and High Schools That Black Families Should Consider Based on the Latest Test Scores

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 is an East Oakland Enrollment Fair this weekend and one in the West next weekend.

Middle Schools where Black students made the most gains

West Oakland Middle School is the leader in both math and ELA.  This is the second year they were a leader in growth.  Looks like some powerful work is taking place there.  Bret Harte (I sat on the SSC there years ago) and Montera are showing solid gains on ELA and American Indian is showing significant gains in math.

 

(note that gray lines mean that less than 30 students were tested, and the other colors relate to how high the average scores were)

K-8 Schools

There are fewer K-8 schools, but Melrose stood out in both ELA and math and American Indian, Community School for Creative Education and Hillcrest stood out for gains, in either math or ELA.

 

6-12 Schools

Coliseum College Prep and Bay Area Technology Charter showed significant increase in both ELA and math, as did Aspire Golden State College Prep., Madison Park and Life Academy also showed real and consistent gains across subjects.  This was the only grade configuration, where all the schools showed that showed growth showed it in both subjects, which may say something about the power of the 6-12 model to more broadly drive growth.

 

High Schools

Metwest, while being a small school, showed outstanding growth, followed by Envision, Mack, Ohigh and Tech, with Envision and Tech, showing not only growth, but also having relatively high levels of achievement for Black students.

 

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.

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