ERS partnered with Oakland Unified School District to support a cohort of high schools in redesigning how they organize people, time, and money for student success, with a special focus on ensuring that high school course schedules enable all students to graduate on time with the courses needed to enter the University of California System. ERS also partnered with OUSD and leaders in Oakland charter schools to assess resource use across both sectors as the basis of a productive city-wide conversation about how to best educate all students. In the past ERS has analyzed OUSD's funding and overall resource allocation.
Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) serves 37,000 students in the Bay Area, of which 73% qualify for free and reduced price lunch and 30% are English language learners. In 2014 OUSD adopted Pathway to Excellence 2015-2020, a new strategic plan which emphasizes building effective talent (i.e., teachers and leaders), district accountability, and quality community schools. OUSD is pursuing these goals under California’s Local Control Funding Formula, which grants districts greater flexibility to meet the needs of targeted students.
Oakland Citywide Resource Study: Build a rich fact-base that looks at student need, resource levels, and resource use in OUSD and Oakland charter schools. The intent of this fact base is to help stakeholders engage in a productive conversation about how to optimize its investment in public education and ensure that every student has access to an excellent education.
From the 2015-2017 projects:
Ensuring all students can graduate high school: ERS analysis identified that only 54% of high schools were set up to ensure that a “typical” student could graduate in four years and meet the requirements for entry in the University of California system. This was because students faced limits on the number of credits they could take, were often under-scheduled, and possibly might face challenges in passing their courses within four years. OUSD committed to focusing on this issue in the following year.
Increased understanding and dialogue between the district and charter sector: Over several sessions, district and charter school stakeholders gained knowledge about citywide resource challenges and had productive conversations about how to maximize education investment in a strategic and equitable manner. ERS served as a facilitating partner with a Steering Committee of Oakland district and charter leaders and education advocates.
From the 2007 project:
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