Attending School Every Day: Making Progress and Taking Action in Oakland Schools

Attending School Every Day: Making Progress and Taking Action in Oakland Schools focuses on one key factor in student success: school attendance. The report, developed by the Oakland Achieves Partnership, presents attendance data for Oakland, followed by what the district, schools, the community, and families can do to help ensure that every student gets to school every day. Key takeaways from the report include:

  • Oakland Unified School District has seen a gradual decline in chronic absence and an increase in satisfactory attendance. Chronic absence is highest among Oakland’s youngest (kindergarteners) and oldest (10th and 11th grade) students.
  • Sixth graders have the highest attendance rates.
  • Despite the decrease in chronic absence overall, rates remain disproportionality high for African American students, Latino students, students in foster care, and students with disabilities.
  • Absence rates make an impact on whether or not a student reaches academic benchmarks.
  • Charter schools in Oakland likely have similar challenges with attendance as OUSD schools.