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The digital divide is a very real and very stable reality in communities like Oakland, California. Knowing which neighborhoods have solid access to high speed internet is a critical aspect of planning for government and nonprofit provided online services- if we want low income folks from Oakland’s flatlands to use a new digital application, we’d damn sure better know how many households in the target areas likely have decent speed internet hookups at home! Luckily for us the FCC collects reliable data on this and they publish it freely at a local level.
The Oakland Reads 2020 Baseline Report, released today, finds that fewer than half of OUSD third graders were reading proficiently over the last three years. Only 38% of third graders were reading proficiently in 2012-13. The Oakland Reads 2020 Baseline Report: An Examination of Pathways to Third Grade Reading in Oakland from 2010 to 2013, also finds that proficiency rates vary widely by race/ethnicity, gender, English Language and Special Education status. For instance, literacy outcomes in 2012-13 show that Asian students were twice as likely to read at grade level by third grade than Latino and African American students, and White students were nearly three times as likely.
The Oakland Reads 2020 (OR2020) campaign, an initiative of the Oakland Literacy Coalition, aims for 85% or more of third graders to be reading at grade level by 2020. This new report was produced by Urban Strategies Council and was commissioned by the Rogers Family Foundation for OR2020, a multi-sector collaborative effort combining the strength of the Oakland Unified School District, the City of Oakland, city and county agencies, community based organizations, and funders. It is part of the national Grade-Level Reading Campaign which includes more than 130 communities across the U.S.
As part of our work in supporting the Alameda County Violence Prevention Initiative we recently produced an update of our county Violence Fact Sheet. According to the 2012 uniform crime reports, Alameda County had higher rates of violent crime than California and the Nation. Over the past decade, 2003 to 2013, Alameda County has become increasingly violent while violent crime rates have decreased statewide. A majority of violent crimes continue to occur in Oakland. Although only a quarter of the County's population reside in Oakland, 68% of all violent crimes are reported in Oakland
2012 was a year of increased violence in Alameda County. Compared to 2000, the rate of reported violent crimes in the County has increased by 25% and is close to the 12 year high of 818 reports per 100,000 residents.
Just worked on a project to pull down academic performance indicator (API) scores by different student sub-groups in OUSD schools. It required some data scraping and combining to school location data.
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