What We're Reading: SF Schools' Academic Performance, Diversifying School Districts, and More

posted Mar 24, 2016, 3:12 PM by Robin Dutton-Cookston
Here are the latest articles being shared around the PPS-SF metaphorical water cooler. 

From San Francisco Magazine
Looking at numbers alone, the San Francisco Unified School District is improving by almost all measures. Standardized-test results are up dramatically since 2008 (54 percent of 11th graders got a score of proficient or above in English in 2013—an increase from 44 percent in 2008; 64 percent of 7th graders hit proficiency levels in math in 2013, up from 52 percent in 2008). read more 

From San Francisco Magazine
According to 2010 census data, whites make up about 42 percent of the population of San Francisco, Asians 33 percent, Latinos 15 percent, and African Americans around 6 percent. You’d never guess, though, by looking at the public school makeup, which in 2014 was 13 percent white, 38 percent Asian, 26 percent Latino, and 8 percent African American. read more

From Education Dive
More than 60 years after the groundbreaking decision in Brown v. Board of Education, America’s school systems are still charged as being separate and unequal. Teachers, administrators, and policymakers are all grappling with the chilling statistics on racial achievement gaps, and asking the same question: How do we fix this? read more 

In 2013, educator and writer Jessica Lahey wrote a convincing piece for The Atlantic in which she argued that her introverted students needed to learn to speak up in class. In it, she defended her decision to keep class participation as a small but significant portion of her students’ grades. The quieter kids in the class simply needed to learn how to speak up in “a world where most people won’t stop talking,” she wrote. read more