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OUSD mends its ways, provides school info

By Katy Murphy
Monday, October 15th, 2007 at 5:41 pm in lawsuits, OUSD central office.

reportcard.jpgIt may have been prompted by the threat of a lawsuit — and then, indeed, a lawsuit — but the Oakland school district has plugged the gaping holes in its state mandated “School Accountability Report Cards.”

Now, you can see how much money each school (including charters) spent per student, how many teachers were teaching out of their areas of expertise, what the safety situation is like, and so on.

Si usted habla espanol, se traduce la informacion. The report cards are translated into other languages, too.

All of this has been required for almost 20 years, but the district acknowledged in a legal settlement signed today that it had failed to provide it all.

The only catch is that the “snapshot” these report cards present is outdated the moment it comes out. The most recent school year represented in the data is 2005-06.

Want to see the profile of a particular Oakland school? Click on this link.

image from Mobilski’s site at flickr.com

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  • David Kahn

    Who knows how accurate they are or how they compare to current figures, but here are two interesting sets of data from the SARC:

    2005 – 2006 OUSD per pupil expenditures for High Schools
    (If a school is not on this list, that is because per pupil data is not posted.)

    Far West $5,392
    Rusdale Continuation $5,288
    Merrit Middle College $4,404
    East Oakland School of the Arts $4,313
    Street Academy $4,268
    Business and Information Tech $4,158
    YES $4,081
    Life Academy $4,057
    Leadership Preparatory $3,991
    Met West $3,935
    College Prep & Architecture $3,919
    Media College Prep $3,871
    Oakland Tech $3,854
    Mandela $3,802
    Robeson Visual Performing Arts $3,790
    Oakland High $3,568
    Skyline $3,530

    District average $5,389
    State average $4,743

    Teacher and Administrative Salaries (Fiscal Year 2004-05)
    This table displays district-level salary information for teachers, principals, and superintendents, and compares these figures to the state averages for districts of the same type and size. The table also displays teacher and administrative salaries as a percent of a district’s budget, and compares these figures to the state averages for districts of the same type and size. Detailed information regarding salaries can be found at the CDE Web site at http://www.cde.ca.gov/ds/fd/cs/ and http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/ac/sa/salaries0405.asp.

    Category District State Average
    Amount For Districts In Same Category

    Beginning Teacher Salary $37,090 $37,540
    Mid-Range Teacher Salary $51,070 $59,426
    Highest Teacher Salary $67,720 $73,925
    Average Principal Salary (Elementary) $93,520 $96,377
    Average Principal Salary (Middle) $95,450 $100,144
    Average Principal Salary (High) $102,921 $109,130
    Superintendent Salary $239,640 $185,251

    Percent of Budget for Teacher Salaries 35.2 40.9
    Percent of Budget for Administrative Salaries 6.1 5.3

  • http://ibabuzz.com?education Steve Weinberg

    Something is wrong with the figures for per pupil expenditures because almost every school listed is far below the district average.

  • Renee Swayne

    I hope the agreement mandated more accurate data. Reports that are two or more years past are useless. There is no reason that by January of any school year, current year figures couldn’t be available. The gross incompetence of the administration of OUSD is appalling, and getting worse, rather than better as time goes on.

  • Katy Murphy

    Actually, there will still be a lag with the data, even if OUSD completes the report cards on time. That’s because of the nature of the information that’s collected and the timelines established by the state legislature.

    The SARC information (such as per-pupil expenditures and teacher vacancies) is supposed to reflect an entire school year, so it can’t be compiled until the following one. So, for example, the 2007-08 report card won’t come out until February 2009, which is what the law requires.