I did some poking around on the OUSD Web site, and I found a document with an overview of the School Options results. It might have been there for awhile, and maybe some of you have already seen this, but I thought it was worth posting.
Apparently 87 percent of Oakland’s prospective kindergarten families — 1,966 — received one of their top three choices of schools, an improvement from last year. The district reported a 96 percent success rate at the middle school level and 97 percent for future high schoolers.
Not bad, at least on paper. I guess before we can give a final grade to the much-maligned School Options program, we should see the success rate for families who did not put one of their home schools on the list. I asked for exactly that tidbit of information this week, and I’ll post it when it comes in.
Kerry Hamill, the board member who chairs the special committee on enrollment and attendance boundaries, told me last night that the district has collected data from most, if not all, of the schools. She said she would ask staff to post the information on each school, if they haven’t already (If they have, it is not in an obvious place).