New programs set sights on closing racial achievement gap

This fall, the Berkeley Unified School District will launch new programs in its schools as part of 2020 Vision, an effort to close the district’s racial achievement gap. The programs aim to improve kindergarten readiness, third grade reading proficiency and overall attendance — three of the eight improvement areas identified
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Board to consider another charter school petition

In the wake of the opening of Berkeley Unified School District’s first charter school late last month, the district’s Board of Education will consider another charter school petition this week. At its meeting Wednesday, the board will review a proposal from Oakland-based Integrity Educational Center, which resubmitted a petition to
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Berkeley High School has increased its security for the start of the new school year in response to several gun occurences earlier this year.

Local school district establishes heightened safety measures

After several incidents involving firearms on its campus last year, Berkeley High School has instated heightened safety measures for the start of the new school year. As part of the changes, the high school, teeming with more than 3,000 students, now has four campus monitors — positions created to guard
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Narrowing the gap

CITY AFFAIRS: After state data shows a widening gap between minority and white students’ success, action needs to be taken.

As time passes and minority students continue to struggle in Berkeley public schools, the educational vision of the city remains far-sighted. Not only did the percentage of Berkeley students passing the state high school exit exam decrease this year, but the gap between minority and white students widened, according to
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District approves additional costs for Derby field project

At its first meeting of the school year Wednesday, the Berkeley Unified School District Board of Education approved the final designs for Derby Field — a baseball field whose renovation has been discussed for more than 15 years. The district approved the project’s total cost of about $2.4 million, as
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Principal wants to cut back on truancy this year

Berkeley High School’s staff is starting out the school year with a renewed focus on attendance and communication, according to a letter sent out Wednesday to the high school community. Soumya Karlamangla is the assistant city news editor.

Berkeley schools see improvement in test scores

Despite not fully meeting federal standards, the Berkeley Unified School District’s overall test scores are up, and students are performing better than last year, according to data from the California Department of Education. Although this year’s results showed increased participation in student testing at Berkeley High School and significantly higher
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Oxford Elementary now a “Program Improvement” school

Oxford Elementary in the Berkeley Unified School District is now designated a Program Improvement school, based on state and federal testing data released today. Although Oxford Elementary met its state-measured Academic Performance Index goals, it did not meet the federal ones, called Academic Yearly Progress standards — guidelines instated as
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