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African American Male Achievement Initiative: A Closer Look At Suspensions Of African American Males In OUSD

February 11, 2012

This report examines the data, literature, and policy around suspensions of African American male students to uncover and better understand the disparities between this group and all other ethnic and gender groups. This report analyzes one year of suspension data from the Oakland Unified School District (OUSD, 2010-11), looking at suspensions by demographics, grade level, school level, and types of offenses.

African American Male Achievement Initiative: A Closer Look At Attendance Of African American Males In OUSD

January 1, 2012

This report examines data, best practices, and policies related to attendance and chronic absence and offers recommendations for reducing the levels of chromic absence for African American males in Oakland Unified School District (OUSD). It analyzes one year of attendance data (2010-2011) for African American males in OUSD, looking at chronic absence by grade level, types of absence, and reasons given for absence, as well as comparing rates of chronic absence to other males groups in OUSD.

African American Male Achievement Initiative: A Deeper Look At African American Males In OUSD

December 15, 2011

This report provides further insights into the status of African American boys in Oakland Unified School Distric (OUSD) and aims to reverse the academic and social inequities they face in seven key areas: the achievement gap, graduation rates, literacy, suspensions, attendance, middle school holding power, and juvenile detention. A framework of three levels of well-being (on course, at risk of falling off course, and off course) was used to understand how African American male students are faring in these areas.

A Profile of African American Boys in OUSD with Perfect California Standards Test (CST) Scores in 2009-2010 and 2010-2011

November 14, 2011

This report looks at the African American boys in the Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) who scored perfect on the California Standards Tests (CST) in the 2009-10 and 2010-11 school year.

State of Bay Area Blacks

September 1, 2010

The Bay Area has seen many changes in the past twenty years, changes in the housing stock, in the education sector, in the employment opportunities and the industries based here, in the workforce development arena, in economic development activities, and in the demographics of its populace. Long recognized as a multi-cultural region with rich ethnic communities tied to established neighborhoods, the diversity of the Bay Area has changed constantly, with no ethnic group remaining demographically static over the past two decades. For organizations and individuals involved in serving and supporting the Black and African-American communities in the Bay Area, it is important to understand the changes that are impacting these communities and how these populations themselves are changing. This report examines the State of the Race: an analysis of the changing Black community in the Bay Area and begins to present data and information pertinent to the philanthropic, community building, and governmental sectors. This report sets out to answer four main questions posed by the Bay Area Blacks in Philanthropy (the commissioners and funders of this report). Where did African-Americans reside in the Bay Area in 2000 and what changes occurred through 2008? What are the population characteristics of the African-American community and how do they compare to other racial/ethnic groups? What cities and neighborhoods had the highest concentration of African-Americans in 2000 and 2008? What are the most significant needs in African-American communities and what are the implications for philanthropic investments in the African-American communities?

Report On OUSD Board Community Engagement Convenings

October 1, 2009

In the fall of 2008, the Oakland Unified School District's Board of Education members undertook a process to have conversations about academic performance improvement with the school communities at each high school within their district and at all elementary and middle schools classified as "red" schools (the "red" classification indicates a low level of academic performance). As indicated in the design materials, the objectives of the convenings were to:1. Identify school-level strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats that are shared by schools across the city or within a region of the city that affect a school's capacity to improve student academic achievement.2. Develop Board-level policies that effectively increase the capacity of schools to improve student academic achievement.3. Establish supportive and accountable working relationships between the Board of Education, Superintendent, and school leaders.Prior to the convenings, the Board Members agreed on four basic questions that they would seekto answer through the convening process with each Board Member prioritizing the question(s) onwhich they would focus.1. What are we doing to increase the number of students who:a. High School: stay in school and graduate?b. Middle School: are proficient in Algebra?c. Elementary School: are proficient in Reading?2. What's working?3. What needs to be done?4. What should the Board of Education do to help the school?At their December retreat, the Board Members considered recommendations from the convenings in order to develop the district's Strategic Priority to Accelerate Student Learning & Achievement.

City of Oakland 2008 Homicide Report

May 1, 2009

To advance community and policymaker understanding of the trends in homicides, the Urban Strategies Council is collecting and analyzing data on the characteristics of victims and suspects involved in Oakland homicides; identifying geographic changes in the homicide patterns, and examining social and economic conditions in which the homicides occurred. This is a report on the 125 homicides that took place in Oakland in 2008. This report includes basic statistics on victim demographics, locations and times. It also includes comparisons to homicides in in 2007 and over the 5-year period of 2004-2008 and maps of the locations of the homicides.

Melrose School Site Planning: A Neighborhood Analysis for OUSD

January 1, 2009

Melrose School Site Planning: A Neighborhood Analysis for OUSD is a example of using various data sources to aid in school site planning and consolidation. It provides a brief summary of neighborhood demographics, likely future student populations from birth rates in the area, issues of crime and foreclosure on safety and neighborhood stability.

Alameda County Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Campaign At-A-Glance Report

August 28, 2008

This report provides a brief overview of the results of the 2008 Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Campaign (for the 2007 tax year). This is one in a series of reports on the 2008 EITC Campaign; complementing this 'At a Glance' report is a more detailed report on the overall campaign, detailed data reports for each site, and summary reports for each site and Oakland as a whole. All reports are available at except site reports which can be obtained directly from each site coordinator.2008 marked the sixth year of the county-wide campaign, originally launched in the fall of 2002 to offer free tax filing assistance to low-income families in order to:Increase the number of eligible tax filers who receive the Earned Income Tax Credit and the Child Tax Credit; andProvide asset development opportunities to low-income families

Alameda County Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Campaign Report

August 28, 2008

This year's campaign saw yet another substantial increase in the number of returns, dollars captured from federal refunds and EITC (Earned Income Tax Credit) dollars, despite there being one fewer VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) site than in the 2007 campaign. While some VITA sites discontinued their operations this year, there were a number of new sites for the campaign. The fact that all the critical numbers increased this year is a testament to the returning sites, their commitment,dedication and efficiency gained from years of experience running VITA sites in Alameda County. Each year the Coalition considers ways to retain volunteers and to recruit more people to work on the campaign and there are a number of experienced volunteers who do return year after year. However, this year there were exaclty the same number of volunteers as in the 2007 campaign.In conclusion, the EKS Campaign has continued to be enourmously successful in capturing and returning dollars to low-moderate income communities in Alameda County. Thanks to the efforts of volunteers, site coordinators and their agencies, EKS reaches more clients and captures more dollars every year. While the results are phenomenal, the increase in clients served at the same number of sites begs more resources and volunteers to help serve the population. To improve on our efforts in future years, it is recommended that:1) the Marketing Campaign be analysed and improved to capture more of the remainign 95% of potentially eligible filers in the county;2) Develop and provide a low-cost, consumer friendly alternative to RALs that connects people to mainstream financial sevices and education; and3) Address complications and breakdown in Online TaxWise system to ensure data quality and client confidentiality.

2007 Homicide Report: An Analysis of Homicides in Oakland from January through December, 2007

August 20, 2008

In past years Urban Strategies Council has produced quarterly or biannual reports on homicides in Oakland using detailed data provided by the Oakland Police Department's Homicide Section. Due to staffing shortages, the Oakland police Department is no longer able to provide this detailed data to the Council. As a result the 2007 Homicide Report uses data gleaned from public sources and some aggregated tables from the OPD's official report. From these data we have created this report on the characteristics of the 127 homicides that occurred in Oakland from January 1 through December 31, 2007. This report presents annual data from 2007 and shows how characteristics of homicides in Oakland changed from 2006 to 2007 and how 2007 homicides compare with the five -- year averages from 2003-2007.This report summarizes available information such as victim demographic characteristics (suspect details are less complete and less precise), locations and times of the incidents. Comparing 2007 data to a five-year average of homicides helps to provide a context for understanding whether there are emerging patterns that differ substantially from the patterns in prior years.This year sees the inclusion of some additional types of data relating to the nature of the homicides taking place in Oakland such as premises and types of weapons involved.

Alameda County Homicide Factsheet

May 17, 2008

Fact sheet on homicides in Alameda County, California. Maps and tables included.