Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Update on African American Achievement Working Group

As mentioned in earlier posts, there is a working group putting together a plan to accelerate the achievement of African American students in the district.

An update on the group's progress was presented to the school board on February 27. It's very reassuring to watch the School Board's discussion of these findings and next steps, since it's evident what a top priority it is in our district to close the race-based equity gap.   You can watch the full 40 minute discussion here.

Below are some segments taken from pages 39-42 of the February 27 Board Member packet, which you can download on the board information page.

Excerpts of Data Findings

  • African-American females outperform African-American males but not to a significant degree overall. Although over 12% more African-American females graduated in 2010-11 in the State and County than their male counterparts, the difference is less than 5% for Berkeley High School. 
  • Socio-Economic Status for African-Americans is not as big a factor as for students who are not African-American.
  • A parent’s college education is highly correlated with African-American student achievement.
  • In high school, GPA and attendance are highly correlated for African- American students. 
  • Pre-Kindergarten experience had a positive impact on African-American achievement indicating only a small difference between African-American students and their White peers. 
Next Steps: 
The working group is using national research, strategies from higher-performing districts with similar demographics and best practices in BUSD to propose a plan to accelerate the achievement of African American students. This plan will be presented at the School Board meeting on 24. 

1 comment:

  1. I highly recommend listening to the following broadcast about the success of Geoffrey Canada's Harlem Children's Zone, where the students are now out-performing their white counterparts in NYC:

    http://www.thisamericanlife.org/play_full.php?play=364

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