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 least 85% by 2020. How do we do this?

  • Focus on intervention and support in the early years and early grades  Many students face multiple learning barriers upon entry to school, so paying attention to strong early indicators for reading success (first sound fluency upon entering kindergarten, kindergarten and first grade attendance rates, level of family engagement from 0-5)  can help partners develop multi-pronged and aligned early intervention strategies.
  • Focus on providing targeted support for student groups with the most disparate outcomes  Identify and implement targeted supports for student groups with the most disparate reading success outcomes: Latino, African American, English Learner and Special Education students. Establish and share benchmark indicators to support and coordinate intervention efforts for students whose literacy skills are very low and/or not progressing.
  • Focus on addressing English Learner needs in multiple learning settings: early years (0-5), early grades (K-5), after school and summer enrichment: Nearly one third of OUSD students are English Learners, and demographic projections tell us that this population will continue to grow, especially among Latino students. Bilingual materials and expertise in working with and transitioning EL students will be crucial to OR2020 partner efforts. The fact that bilingual students have among the highest proficiency rates of any student population in OUSD tells us that instructional and other strategies are working for students who do reach English fluency.


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