GO Board Watch: February 24, 2016

African-American Male Achievement, Streamlined Charter Revision Process

Welcome to Board Watch for February 24, 2016. The Oakland Unified School District Board of Education did the following:

  • Heard a progress update on the Latino Men and Boys, African-American Female and African-American Male Achievement programs
  • Voted on a mass charter revision to create new measurable pupil outcomes
  • Voted on three charter renewals 

Check out the full agenda and read more about these topics below.

Student Progress: Latino Men and Boys, African-American Female and African-American Male Achievement 

The board heard updates on district programs that specifically target African-American female, African-American male, and Latino male students. 

The presentation specifically cited impressive data on students participating in the Latino Men and Boys program. From September 2011 to June 2015, Latino boys in the program improved their average GPAs from 1.8 to 2.2, maintained a school attendance rate of 97% (five points higher than their school averages), and achieved a 66% reduction in disciplinary incidents. Additionally, parents of these students had a 500% increase in their participation in school-based activities. 

To learn more about these programs, see the full presentation at this link and this “sizzle reel” created by the African-American Male Achievement program.

Aligning Charter Measurable Pupil Outcomes (MPOs) to the Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP)

The board heard a mass proposal to revise 30 charter schools (79% of all Oakland charters). Through this revision, charters would agree to participate in a collective set of Measurable Pupil Outcomes (MPO). These MPOs align more closely to the district’s LCAP and its new School Performance Framework. According to district staff, these changes were pursued because the majority of current charter MPOs were characterized by either “a lack of discrete goals, targets, or instruments” or were “not measurable” given currently available instruments.

The new MPOs include the following types of metrics: 



For more information, find the full presentation here.

Charter Revisions and Renewals

The board voted on renewal proposals for the following charter schools:

  • Vincent Academy
  • American Indian Public Charter School.
  • American Indian Public High School.
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