In February 2013 the Oakland Achieves Partnership released Oakland Achieves: A Public Education Progress Report.
This first annual report was the product of a collaboration between four partner organizations — Great Oakland Public Schools Leadership Center, the Oakland Schools Foundation, Urban Strategies Council, and the Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce.
When we speak with Oakland residents about improving our schools, we consistently hear that it’s difficult to know how our students are doing and how they compare with students of similar backgrounds. Many of us working in and around schools find the publicly available information about student achievement to be confusing, limited, and challenging to use. This report–focused on key student outcomes–is our collective effort to create a comprehensive, clear, and actionable progress report.
We hope that over time, families, students, teachers, principals, as well as community and civic leaders turn to this data to understand how Oakland schools are performing and what changes need to be made to ensure that each and every student has access to the opportunities they deserve.
The report’s release was met with a wide range of support by education and civic leaders and community members.
“I am excited to see this type of collective report because it tells the community what’s been accomplished and what we still need to do.” – Oakland City Councilwoman Libby Schaaf
The report examined multiple indicators of educational quality and equity, including:
- School Readiness: There has been an overwhelming lack of information on school readiness, which means we don’t know how many of Oakland’s students are entering kindergarten unprepared.
- Elementary Education: Too many Oakland students complete third grade without the reading skills necessary for school success (over 50 percent).
- Secondary Education: A majority of kids (77 percent) lack the skills and knowledge to be proficient in Algebra, a course considered a gateway to the highest paying jobs in today’s economy.
- College Readiness: Oakland ranked 144 out of 145 California districts for its graduation rate of students of color, with only 27 percent of Latino and 16 percent of African American students graduating in four years ready for college (The Education Trust West 2012 Report Card).
- College Attainment: OUSD increased the number of students who attend a post-secondary institution, but more data is needed on how Oakland students perform once they enter higher education.