What’s on the minds of the Berkeley School Board? Our Civics Education Team attended the first meeting of the 2016-2017 school year of the BUSD Board to find out.
Discussion focused on the report of the initial results of the Local Control and Accountability Plan, especially related to college preparedness. The percentage of Berkeley High grads that met the eligibility requirements for UC and CSU increased across all student groups – an overall increase from 52% to 66%. Third grade reading literacy also improved, but eighth grade math scores dropped, with the largest drop among African American students.
There remains a persistent and troubling achievement gap between white and other students which will remain a key focus for the School Board and BUSD.
John Muir modernization and BHS Schwimley Theater renovation were approved as was planned professional development for BUSD teachers through Contra Costa County Office of Education.
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