The Oakland Achieves Partnership brings together community organizations with a deep commitment to public education to share expertise and resources to remove barriers to school success, expand educational opportunities, and help all learners to excel from their earliest years through adulthood.
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.
We published reports in 2016, 2015, 2014, and 2013 focused on key Oakland student outcomes. The report, Oakland Achieve Public Education Progress Report, is the first to include comparable data from all public schools, district-run and charter — and it makes clear that the learning needs to go both ways, as both charter and district schools demonstrate strengths and needs for growth. The partnership also released a 2014 report that examined chronic absence in Oakland public schools.
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.