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Alameda Unified School District Scores a D+ on Serving Minorities and Low-Income Students

A new report from The Education Trust—West called “A Report Card on District Achievement: How Low-income, African-American and Latino Students Far in California School Districts” gives the Alameda Unified School District (AUSD) a poor overall grade on the performance of minority and low-income students in the District.

According to the organization’s website, The Education Trust—West “works for the high academic achievement of all students at all levels, pre-k through college. We expose opportunity and achievement gaps that separate students of color and low-income students from other youth, and we identify and advocate for the strategies that will forever close those gaps.” The report card was developed using publicly available information, primarily the Academic Performance Index (API).

After considering the API score performance, API score improvements over a five-year period, achievement gaps and college readiness of AUSD’s low-income and minority students, The Education Trust assigned AUSD a grade of D+, comparable to neighboring Oakland Unified. Of the 146 districts studied, no district scored an overall grade of A, and one district scored an F.

In the sub-groups, AUSD scored a grade of F for the wide achievement gaps between African-American and White, and Latino and White students, and a C for college readiness for students of color. Five-year API score improvements for students of color and low-income students scored C and D, respectively. The one bright spot was a B grade for API performance for low-income students.

Separately, in its weekly “Good News Story,” sent to media outlets yesterday, AUSD announced that the group “California Business for Education Excellence” (CBEE) has named five Alameda schools to its statewide 2010 Honor Roll. Those five schools are Alameda Science and Technology Institute (ASTI), Edison Elementary, Lincoln Middle, Earhart Elementary and Bay Farm Elementary.

According to the CBEE website, “The 2010 Honor Roll includes 1,221 California public elementary, middle and high schools that have been recognized by California’s business community for having demonstrated consistent high student academic achievement and making significant progress toward closing achievement gaps among all their students.” ASTI was listed as a “Star School” and the other four schools were listed as “Scholar Schools” on the report provided on the CBEE website.

With the exception of ASTI, where 26% of enrolled students self-report as either Hispanic/Latino or African American, the other four schools making the honor roll have relatively low Latino and African enrollment, ranging from as low as 5% (Edison Elementary) to 13% (Lincoln Middle School.) Data from California Department of Education, for the 2009-2010 year, the most recent data available.

4 comments to Alameda Unified School District Scores a D+ on Serving Minorities and Low-Income Students

  • DHL

    The disparities between performance of the two high schools is shocking. Why are they so unequal?

  • alamedavigilante

    Traditionally (back to the 1960’s) Encinal High has been considered the better high school to attend; the science school; the school sending grads to MIT. Not sure why.

  • DHL

    I mentioned this inequality at a meeting tonight. People seem to think that the quality a student comes in with determines how well the school does. I’ve heard others say that allocating resources in a way that ensures every student can perform well is unfair… HUH? The point of a public school system is to ensure that every student can be successful, not just those with English as a first language who have parents holding postgraduate degrees.

  • mp

    Its a shame! AUSD, Bad administration and teachers must go.

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