On the Agenda: Wednesday, Sept. 12

At tomorrow night’s board meeting, staff will present the districtwide performance results from the 2006-07 testing cycle, which were flat after years of gains.

They also will officially close the books on the past fiscal year.

Here’s the agenda.

Katy Murphy

Education reporter for the Oakland Tribune. Contact me at kmurphy@bayareanewsgroup.com.

  • Debora Rinehart

    I would love the subject of grade skipping for students who are working beyond grade level to be a topic. In the report A Nation Deceived: How Schools Hold Back America’s Brightest Students, cases are made to show that children should be placed in the grade so they have an opportunity to learn every day. Students should be advanced to the grade at which they are performing rather than the grade at which their “age mates” function. In the end a school and society will have better educated, happier, more well-rounded individuals.

    We will not have the discussion in Oakland because the students who stay with age mates rather than move to the grade in which they belong academically will lower the overall scores for each school and will move through the grades more quickly, thus providing fewer years of high test scores. Children would be actively engaged in daily learning, but not in topping out test scores and TEST SCORES MATTER in Oakland.