Strategies to reach Oakland literacy goals

Oakland Reads 2020 launched our baseline report recently and in addition to providing a detailed overview of the reading status of Oakland school kids, we suggest some strategies for improving our overall district performance.  The main goal of our coalition is to move from 38% of third graders reading at grade level (2012-13) to at [...]

By |2017-05-18T11:34:12-07:00April 25th, 2014|Categories: Education Reform|

Oakland’s Bilingual students are reading near the top!

OUSD has a growing percentage of English Learners who need unique and targeted supports to read proficiently by third grade.  However, bilingual elementary students are surprisingly among the most proficient in reading of all student populations. Bilingual third graders (including those who have been reclassified from English Learner status) score near the top in reading [...]

By |2017-05-18T11:34:13-07:00April 24th, 2014|Categories: Education Reform|

Many challenges for Oakland’s young students

Many children who are not reading at grade level by third grade face multiple learning challenges along the way. For instance in Oakland, only 54% of OUSD students enter kindergarten with the early literacy skills that research has shown predict reading success. Kindergarteners also have the highest rate of chronic absence (missing 10% or more [...]

By |2017-05-18T11:34:13-07:00April 23rd, 2014|Categories: Education Reform|

Oakland Literacy: the infographic

Want to have highlights on literacy outcomes for Oakland public school kids at your fingertips? If you're not likely to dig into our full report on the state of literacy in Oakland, this is the tool for you- a quick glance at how our children are doing and how different issues affect their success. This [...]

By |2017-05-18T11:34:13-07:00April 16th, 2014|Categories: Education Reform|

Oakland Reads 2020 launches new literacy report

The Oakland Reads 2020 Baseline Report, released today, finds that fewer than half of OUSD third graders were reading proficiently over the last three years. Only 38% of third graders were reading proficiently in 2012-13. The Oakland Reads 2020 Baseline Report: An Examination of Pathways to Third Grade Reading in Oakland from 2010 to 2013, [...]

By |2017-05-18T11:34:13-07:00April 16th, 2014|Categories: Education Reform|

What should school site governance look like in Oakland?

In April 2012, the Board of Education for the Oakland Unified School District adopted a School Governance policy (Board Policy 3625) empowering school site governance teams with expanded decision-making authority to address the specific needs of their students. OUSD asked Urban Strategies Council to facilitate a task force to develop administrative regulations to guide implementation [...]

By |2017-05-18T11:34:13-07:00April 10th, 2014|Categories: Education Reform|

Public School Finance Data

This week, we have been gathering data (data data) to update InfoAlameda. Since it is Friday, I could not stop myself from doing some analysis and from exploring some free tools. So, here is a summary table and chart created from Public Education Finances data created by US Census. The Tools Using Open Office, I [...]

By |2015-09-10T11:20:56-07:00September 14th, 2012|Categories: Education Reform, Issue Areas|

African American Males in OUSD: Massive Suspension Disparities

                African American males were suspended at a rate more than six times that of white males across the district and over three times the rate of other students. One of three reports that Urban Strategies Council has produced for the African American Male Achievement Initiative based on [...]

By |2015-09-10T11:21:46-07:00May 22nd, 2012|Categories: Data, Education Reform, Issue Areas, Reports|

OUSD Chronic Absenteeism Study

In early 2010 the Council conducted a detailed research study into the patterns and trends of attendance in Oakland public schools in partnership with the OUSD Research, Assessment: Data team and Attendance Counts. This research and the following spatial analysis revealed high levels of chronic absence in our district (Chronic Absence is defined as missing [...]

By |2015-09-10T11:23:08-07:00November 17th, 2010|Categories: Data, Education Reform, Issue Areas, Reports|
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