Creating a Quality Community Schools District: Each Child College, Career & Community Ready

OUSD Overview

**Oakland Unified School District. (2012, June). Strategic plan: Balanced scorecard v.1 [draft]. Oakland, CA: Author. Available for members at this link.

Oakland Unified School District’s (OUSD) draft balanced scorecard summarizes the goal areas put forth by the district’s five year strategic plan, as well as the specific objectives and measures for each goal. Committed to serving the children, families, staff, and schools in every neighborhood in Oakland, the five district goal areas are: 1) safe, healthy and supportive schools; 2) prepared for success in college & careers; 3) high quality & effective instruction; 4) building the full service community district; and 5) accountable for equity.

Oakland Unified School District. (2011, June). Community schools, thriving students: A five year strategic plan. Oakland, CA: Author. 

OUSD’ s strategic plan for 2011-2016 outlines the district’s plan to become a Full Service Community District (FSCD) that serves the whole child, eliminates inequities, and provides a quality, safe, and supportive learning environment for all students. The selections included here contain three excerpts from this document. The first excerpt discusses the district’s rationale for becoming a FSCD and the principles that will drive change and action across the system (pp. 1-14). The next section explains the implementation process and the conditions needed to achieve safe, healthy, and supportive schools (Goal 1, pp.16-21). The last excerpt describes how the district will create the FSCD by reinventing the central office role and refining district processes, such as school funding and choice options, to increase equity for students and schools of high need (Goal 4, pp. 37-53). This section also proposes redesigning the district’s data and facilities department s to interrupt system inequities and serve the whole child.

Oakland Unified School District. (2013, March). Oakland Unified School District: Fast Facts. Oakland, CA: Author. Available for members at this link.

This fact sheet, produced by OUSD, includes district enrollment, demographic, student achievement, and staffing data for the 2012-13 school year. It also provides information on district health, nutrition, and afterschool programs, such as the number of health and wellness centers and their utilization rate, the number of schools offering fresh produce markets, and the afterschool program enrollment and participation.

Oakland Unified School District. (2012). Chronic absence and students receiving suspensions by region/network. Oakland, CA: Author. Available for members at this link.

This document displays OUSD chronic absence and suspension rates by region, school, and ethnic group for the first three months of the 2012-13 school year. By tracking these data, district and school staff can address disproportionate chronic absenteeism and suspension rates for subgroups, such as African American male students.

Oakland Unified School District. (2013, January). Community resources opportunity map. Available at http://ousd.maps.arcgis.com/home/webmap/viewer.html?webmap=133f318a33454de8a79fd186f4f1f231

OUSD uses an online community mapping tool to review how different populations of students are being served. The mapping tool allows one to select from a variety of variables—from CST scores to access to school salad bars—in order to determine whether specific subgroups of students (disaggregated by ethnicity, poverty level, or ELL status) are receiving equal access to a wide variety of school and community resources. 

**This document is considered a priority reading.