An Oakland-based school research firm has released figures that show Pleasanton and San Ramon Valley schools are doing poor jobs in narrowing the achievement gap between African-American, Latino and students from poor families.
Overall, San Ramon Valley rated a grade of C+, while Pleasanton came in at C- for the 2010-11 school year, although both districts have actively been working to narrow gaps in achievement for low-income, Hispanic and African-American students.
San Ramon Valley schools scored As for performance levels for both students of color, where it placed number three out of districts across the state, and for low-income students, placing number five statewide. Pleasanton scored Bs for both students of color, coming in number 22 statewide and for low-income students, placing 43. Pleasanton does show a marked increase in the performance of low-income students from the 2009-10 school year.
The report, done by Education Trust-West, and released Friday, gave San Ramon Valley a D in improvement among students of color. It scored 136, with no change over the 2009-10 school year. Pleasanton was given an F in the same category scoring 142.
Both districts scored Ds in the size of their achievement gaps between African-American and white students. San Ramon ranked 55 out of 128 districts, while Pleasanton came in 76 of 128.
In the achievement gap between Latino and white students in San Ramon was given a B; Pleasanton, however, rated a D. The report notes that both districts were given similar scores in the gaps between African American, Hispanic and white students.
The report does contain positive news; both schools were given Bs in college readiness for students of color.
According to the report, 3 percent of San Ramon students were listed as low income, and the district, with an enrollment of 28,987, had showed a 2 percent population of African-American students and an 8 percent Latino population. The district spends, on average, $7,824 per pupil.
Pleasanton, with an enrollment of 14,904 showed 7 percent low income, had a 2 percent population of African-American students and a population that is 9 percent Latino. It spent, on average, $7,599 per student.