Friday, September 30, 2016
Contact: John Sasaki
Three OUSD Schools Win Recognition For
Performing Above State Standards
OAKLAND, CA – Peralta, Lincoln and Cleveland Elementary Schools were among the 41 schools featured for high performance in English and math on the Innovate Public Schools annual Top Bay Area Schools list for 2016. The annual list recognizes Bay Area schools that exceed state standards while serving predominantly low-income Latino and African-American students.
“These schools are the latest examples of how our district is making great strides,” OUSD Superintendent Antwan Wilson said. “Our focus on equitable education for all Oakland students helps to ensure that our schools all produce caring, competent, fully-informed critical thinkers who are prepared for college, career and community success.”
Lincoln Elementary School
“We’re honored to be recognized for the second year in a row for closing the achievement gap,” Lincoln Principal Ivanna Huthman said. “Our goal is for all of our students to perform at a high level and this recognition shows that our hard work is paying off.”
Peralta Elementary School
“Awards are static,” said Peralta Principal Rosette Costello. “We generally only have time to nod at our accomplishments as we are always looking forward for better ways to support our individual and collective growth. Maybe we will pause a bit longer this time!”
Cleveland Elementary School
“We are deeply honored to be recognized for our work with some of our traditionally less advantaged groups. The commitment of teachers, students, and our entire community cannot be overstated,” Cleveland Principal Peter Van Tassel said. “While we know there is still plenty of room to grow, we are excited to receive data-based feedback that we are on the right track. This honor will serve as even more motivation for our community.”
Of the 1,211 traditional district and public charter schools in the Bay Area, 568 educate a large proportion of underserved students. Only 41 of those schools achieved better results on the 2015-16 state tests compared to the state’s average for all students in English and/or math.
The Innovate Public Schools report characterizes schools featured as “models from which we can hope to greatly increase the number of great opportunities for our underserved kids.”
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About the Oakland Unified School District
In California’s most diverse city, Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) is dedicated to creating a learning environment where “Every Student Thrives!” Nearly half of our 50,000 students speak a non-English language at home. And each of our 126 schools is staffed with talented individuals uniting around a common set of values: Students First, Equity, Excellence, Integrity, Culturally-Responsive and Joy. We are committed to preparing all learners to excel in college, career and community. To learn more about OUSD’s Full Service Community District focused on academic achievement while serving the whole child in safe schools, please visit OUSD.org and follow us @OUSDnews.
About Innovate Public Schools
Innovate Public Schools is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to build the parent and community demand for world-class public schools, and to accelerate the growth of these schools, particularly for low-income students and students of color. We publish easy-to-understand school quality data and research that highlights both problems and solutions, and we build the capacity of parents, community leaders and educators to innovate and act together to create world-class public schools.