"It is going to take all of us going deeper into our work and being more uncomfortable. To meet our goals, it is going to take all the people in this room working together and being willing to go beyond comfortable.
"We must sprint when it comes to urban education and we must go fast and far. And if you remember one thing from today, remember this 'Every student (in Oakland) thrives.'"
- Antwan Wilson, Superintendent of the Oakland Unified School District, at the Oakland Achieves Third Annual Public Education Progress Report release.
In a packed room with some of Oakland's top educational leaders, the Oakland Achieves Partnership released its Third Annual Public Education Progress Report on Tuesday, September, 22, 2015 at the Waterfront Hotel.
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. The data includes several indicators, including kindergarten readiness and Financial Aid Form completion.
Now educators, parents, and others can see at a glance how Oakland students and schools are doing. Our goal is that leaders and advocates will use this data to come together and focus energy and investments where they're needed to make opportunity a reality for every public school student.
This year's report showed declines in chronic absences and suspensions and gains in kindergarten readiness for low-income preschoolers in district-run schools. The progress report also showed challenges in the area of reading and math proficiency, particular for African American and Latino students and dips in graduation rates and college readiness rates.
Brian Stanley, a GO board member and the executive director of the Oakland Public Education Foundation, was recognized May 12th as a 50 Fund Playmaker and received a $10,000 grant from the San Francisco Bay Area Super Bowl 50 Host Committee.
In the 2012-13 school year, the Oakland Public Education Fund's Elementary Literacy Collaborative saw 97 percent of participants reach reading proficiency after entering the program significantly below grade level.
Stanley was the 11th playmaker selected from throughout the Bay Area non profit community and is one of 50 selected over the 38 weeks. To read more information on Stanley and the Oakland Public Education Foundation and to view the video on Stanley click here.
The Super Bowl 50 Host Committee is charged with providing a unique experience surrounding the game on Feb. 7, 2016. The 50 Fund Playmaker is charged with making Super Bowl 50 "the most philanthropic and giving Super Bowl ever."
Learn about possible changes to OUSD's enrollment process that would include one application for all public schools, district- and charter-run. The event is from 6-8 p.m. at Think College Now, 2825 International Blvd.