Around this time each year, the state education department gives props to schools whose low-income students cleaned up on high stakes tests. These are high-performing schools with “socioeconomically disadvantaged” populations of at least 40 percent.
This year’s Oakland winners are:
Lincoln Elementary School in Chinatown (shown above, in a file photo from 2006); Aspire’s California College Preparatory Academy (grades 6-9); American Indian Public Charter School (6-8) in the Laurel District; and Oakland Charter Academy (6-8) in Fruitvale.
You might have noticed that three out of those four schools are publicly financed, independently run charters. Here is the criteria.
Berkeley’s Malcolm X Arts & Academics Magnet School won, as well.