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Achievement Gap Persists In Alameda Schools

The achievement gap persists for African American students in Alameda schools.

The achievement gap persists for African American students in Alameda schools.

Although year-over-year performance in standardized testing for African American students in Alameda’s schools edged up, a significant achievement gap in English Language Arts and Mathematics persists.

On Tuesday, the Board of Trustees for the Alameda Unified School District will review results of the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) standardized testing.

In the 2016 tests, 36 percent of the Black or African American student cohort met or exceeded requirements in English Language Arts, up slight from 35 percent the previous year.

However, those figures significantly lag behind the 74 percent figure for the White student cohort for 2016. Likewise, 74 percent of the Asian student cohort met or exceeded requirements in 2016.

English Language Arts cohort breakdown.

English Language Arts cohort breakdown.

There’s a gap for Hispanic or Latino students too, with only 54 percent of the cohort meeting or exceeding requirements in 2016. However, that figure is up from 46 percent in 2015.

The gap in mathematics is just as stark, if not more so.

Just 28 percent of Black or African American students met or exceeded requirements in 2016, compared to 64 percent of White students and 72 percent of Asian students. That 28 percent figure is up from 21 percent in 2015.

The Hispanic or Latino cohort moved from 34 percent meeting or exceeding requirements in math in 2015, to 40 percent in 2016, but still lag White students by 24 percentage points, and Asian students by 32 percentage points.

As well, the Socioeconomically Disadvantaged and English Learners cohorts significantly lagged behind the performance of the White and Asian cohorts.

Black or African American students in Alameda schools turned in better performance than their peers in county-wide figures, which came in at 25 percent for English Language Arts and as low as 16 percent for Mathematics.

The school board will review detailed figures, including per-school breakdowns, at the regular meeting on Tuesday night.

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