On April 11 we hosted the first of four College Data Study Sessions to examine college matriculation, persistence, and degree completion data for Oakland students. During the kick-off event, stakeholders representing 20 different schools and organizations from across Oakland collaborated to review college data and brainstorm how Oakland can use this data as a community. For those that were unable to attend, the agenda and slide deck are available here.
During the session, we reviewed anonymous college matriculation and persistence data for Oakland schools made available from the CORE Data Collaborative. In the spirit of using data as a flashlight, we started with reviewing anonymous data, however, over time as we learn and build trust we plan to make school-level data available publicly. As we analyzed this data we considered the following questions:
- How does this data make you feel? (link)
- What did you learn from this data? (link)
- What questions do you still have? (link)
Not surprisingly, the data generated more questions than answers. We hope to address many of these questions in future study sessions.
To inspire our work for future sessions, we also reviewed several college data artifacts from other communities. From these artifacts, we hope to learn how we can use college data to support Oakland students to and through college. Here are the artifacts that we investigated:
- State of Higher Education for Black Californians (The Campaign for College Opportunity)
- Where California High Students Attend College (Policy Analysis for College Education)
- College Going Infographic (Natomas Unified)
- Road Map Project 2017 Results Report (Road Map Project, South King County WA)
- DRAFT Student College Readiness Report (CORE)
I look forward to working with community members to craft the agenda for our next session on Tuesday, 9/24, Noon – 2pm (RSVP HERE). Lunch will be served and location is to be determined.
While we won’t be convening as group again until September, Lighthouse Community Public Schools will be hosting several webinars highlighting best practices for College and Career readiness in the next few weeks. Sign up here.
- Preparing Students for the 21st Century Workforce: Adding a CTE Pathway to a Small School (April 25, 2019 @ 9:15 – 10:00am PDT)
- College and Career Best Practices (April 25, 2019 @ 10:15 – 11:00am PDT)
- Attend to the Language of the Standards: Planning for Mastery and Student Supports (April 25 @ 1 – 2:15pm PDT)
- Creating College-Going Curriculum and Experiences (April 30, 2019 @ 4 – 4:45pm PDT)