SBAC Season is Here

How are Oakland students doing?

The “Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium” (SBAC) tests measure student learning according to the new Common Core State Standards, which were created to ensure that all students have access to strong academic content that prepares them for college and career. These state-mandated tests in English Language Arts and math reflect significant changes in how we teach and measure student learning.

WHO: Oakland students

WHAT: Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC)

WHEN: Oakland students begin testing in April

WHY: SBAC is the new standardized test that measures student learning in the Common Core Standards

We created a map to show how Oakland’s public schools did during the first official year using the SBAC.

How do I use the map?

Circles represent district-run schools, while triangles represent charter public schools. Hover over any of the shapes to view:

  • School Name
  • Grades Served
  • SBAC Average, the proportion of students who met or exceeded standards as an average of Math and ELA performance
  • ELA Proficiency, the proportion of students who met or exceeded ELA standards
  • Math Proficiency, the proportion of students who met or exceeded Math standards


Oakland Unified School District is also developing a new system, the School Performance Framework (SPF), which provides families, educators, and policy makers a guide that measures schools and how well they serve the whole child.

The SPF includes:

  • Academics (SBAC results)
  • Climate and Culture (neighborhood stress, discipline practices, etc)
  • Social Emotional Learning

SPF is a localized version of the CORE Index, which measures schools based on academics and other factors such as suspension rates and parent satisfaction.

Check back with us as we highlight the features of the SPF and its relationship to the CORE Index and OUSD’s Strategic Regional Analysis (SRA) tool.

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