Will Millions Spent on Linked Learning Improve Success Rates for Oakland High School Students?

In November 2014, Oakland voters passed a ballot measure (N) that will bring about $13 million a year to Oakland high schools to fully develop Linked Learning as a strategy for improving rates of graduation, college enrollment, and career employment after high school. But the public’s $13 million annually is only a portion of the [...]

By | 2017-05-18T11:34:08+00:00 January 21st, 2016|Categories: Education Reform|Tags: , , , , |

Oakland Achieves Public School Progress Report for 2014-2015

The Oakland Achieves Partnership has just released our third annual Progress Report on Public Education. In this report we highlight impressive progress in attendance and suspensions, and, at the same time, stark disparities in outcomes among student groups and unacceptably low performance overall in some areas. […]

By | 2017-05-18T11:34:08+00:00 September 22nd, 2015|Categories: Education Reform, Urban Strategies News|Tags: , , , , , |

Attendance Improves in Crucial Early Grades in Oakland

The latest Oakland Grade Level Reading Update, written by Urban Strategies Council and Oakland Reads 2020 staff, finds notable improvement in attendance among early grade learners in the Oakland Unified School District.   Why focus on attendance in the early grades? Kindergarten and first grade students with good attendance are almost four times more likely to [...]

By | 2017-05-18T11:34:09+00:00 May 26th, 2015|Categories: Education Reform|Tags: |

New Report Shows Literacy Gaps Persist in Oakland

Third Grade Reading Proficiency Falls Slightly; Reading Gaps Grow Between White Students and Students of Color Third grade reading proficiency for OUSD third graders has fallen slightly in the past year (39% to 38%), with large gaps persisting between White students and students of color, according to a recent report by the citywide grade level reading [...]

By | 2017-05-18T11:34:09+00:00 May 18th, 2015|Categories: Education Reform|Tags: |

Hard Math for Boys and Men of Color in Alameda County

Inadequate Education + Low Income + High Rates of Illness = Unhealthy Communities for Boys and Men of Color and Their Families In Alameda County Few would dispute that income and education are important for well-being and long-term health. This relationship is well documented and supported by an impressive body of research, much of which [...]

New School Governance Regs Maximize Decision Making at EVERY School

On October 8, 2014 the OUSD Board of Education unanimously adopted school governance administrative regulations that make much-needed progress toward strengthening and sustaining the effective participation of School Site Councils (SSCs) in decision making at their schools. The school governance regulations come at a critical juncture: a change of resource allocation from the state (Local [...]

By | 2017-05-18T11:34:10+00:00 October 20th, 2014|Categories: Education Reform|

Attending School Everyday

Making Progress, Taking Action in Oakland Schools The Oakland Achieves Partnership, a coalition of community organizations, is pleased to release “Attending School Every Day: Making Progress, Taking Action in Oakland Schools,” a report on attendance in Oakland public schools written by the Urban Strategies Council. This report makes the case that attendance in school is [...]

By | 2017-05-18T11:34:11+00:00 October 1st, 2014|Categories: Education Reform|

Oakland Achieves- Progress Report on our schools

In our second annual report on student progress in Oakland, we examine how well public education outcomes match the great potential of our children. The report reviews a full range of data on Oakland student outcomes from cradle to career. Wherever possible, it includes data from district-operated schools and charter schools. We have added several [...]

By | 2017-05-18T11:34:11+00:00 July 30th, 2014|Categories: Education Reform|

Too Small To Fail

Come on Oakland—WE CAN DO THIS!! Yesterday I had the opportunity to attend the meeting and press conference with Secretary Clinton and community leaders to announce the launch of the Too Small to Fail Initiative in Oakland. I must admit, I was impressed and excited about the opportunity for Oaklanders to provide Oakland’s children with [...]

By | 2017-05-18T11:34:11+00:00 July 24th, 2014|Categories: Education Reform|

Oakland Unified gets smart about discipline

The Oakland Board of Education recently adopted a host of changes to its student discipline policy, many of which were recommended in the Urban Strategies Council report, African American Male Achievement Initiative: A Closer Look at Suspensions of African American Males in OUSD (May 2012) and reiterated in the Voluntary Resolution Plan issued by the [...]

By | 2017-05-18T11:34:12+00:00 June 18th, 2014|Categories: Education Reform|
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