In an era where people use phrases like “alternative facts,” it’s more important than ever we ground ourselves in honest-to-goodness facts. That’s why I want to start 2018 with some real
basic facts – the Fast Facts (basic info and numbers) from OUSD. The 2017-18 version was just updated and can be found here
. Huge shout-out to the Research, Assessment, and Data team at OUSD for their continued commitment to making useful data publicly available and easily digestible!
Here are some wows, wonders, and other relevant facts to keep in mind with OUSD and Oakland public education in general in the year ahead.
- Diversity in classrooms: As a former OUSD student, one of the things I absolutely loved from my time was the diversity of students in my school and how I got to learn about their cultures and holidays. Over half of the students in Oakland speak a non-English home language (50.3%), showing that the diversity in Oakland continues. Kudos to OUSD for pushing to increase the number of dual language programs and schools citywide over the past years, with room for more. Can you imagine an Arabic dual immersion program or school?
- Decreasing suspensions: In OUSD schools, out-of-school suspension rate dropped to 3.6% in 16-17. Compare this to the rate five years ago: 7.4% for all students and 14% for African-Americans. This gives some context to the amazing work OUSD has been doing with restorative justice that allows students to spend more time in the classroom and less time out of school.