Innovate Highlights Gap-Closing Public Schools
May 2, 2019

For the fourth year in a row, Innovate Public Schools is recognizing public elementary, middle, and high schools that are closing achievement gaps.

Top Bay Area Public Schools for Underserved Students identifies 51 schools in the Bay Area that beat the statewide average for their low-income Latino or African American students in one or more factors, including math and reading scores.

For the first time this year, Innovate Public Schools created a similar resource for Los Angeles County. Produced in partnership with the University of Southern California, Top Los Angeles County Public Schools for Underserved Students celebrates nearly 300 public schools.

According to the reports, many of the schools on each list share certain core school-wide practices and beliefs, which are further outlined in Innovate Public Schools’ World-Class Schools Framework. Though many schools across California meet the criteria to be a Top Public School, few are located in the Bay Area. In fact, only 5 percent of Bay Area low-income African American and Latino students attend a Top Public School, compared to 15 percent in Los Angeles County.

According to Innovate Public Schools, “These low numbers are shocking, given the relative wealth of this region and the large numbers of low-income students of color enrolled who deserve a high-quality school.”

The results across California prove that the Bay Area can do much more.

Innovate’s report did exclude schools with high suspension rates (which Checker Finn, Distinguished Senior Fellow and President Emeritus at the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, recently debated), and high schools also had to demonstrate success in graduation rates and college eligibility rates.

Innovate also recognized top schools at a recent event. Check out #topschoolsbayarea to see event highlights. Interested in creating a similar resource for your state? Check out the report methodology, and reach out to connect with advocates at Innovate Public Schools.


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Christina Dobratz

Christina is PIE Network's Manager, Communications & Policy  

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