Innovate Public Schools Publications

Innovate publishes school data and reports to inform parents, educators and decision-makers about how local schools are performing. We highlight schools that are excelling, as well as critical problems, and the most effective solutions for improving schools and making sure that every student in Silicon Valley has a world-class school.

Latest Publications

Seen and Affirmed: What Black Educators and Students Need to Thrive

February 2021

There are too few schools closing the opportunity gap for Black students in Los Angeles County. And, there are not enough Black educators, even though research clearly shows that all students benefit from having educators of color. This report outlines best practices for schools and school systems on how to create conditions for Black educators to thrive and how to embed transformational teaching practices that affirm and are centered around Black students.

The Black Educators Advocates Network (BEAN) is an advocacy initiative focused on transforming the environment, practices, and policies that affect the educational experiences of Black educators, administrators, students, and parents. To learn more about BEAN visit www.blackeducatorsadvocate.org.

San Francisco Unified School District Spotlight

What are the latest educational outcomes in SFUSD?

December 2020

This data sheet shows how San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) is serving its students of diverse backgrounds (Latino, African American, English learners, and students with special needs), based on the latest state test scores in English language arts (ELA) and math. It also shows the percentage of students who are graduating from the district and the percentage of graduates who have completed the coursework necessary to apply to a University of California or California State University, as of 2018-19.

See past reports: 2018 | 2017 (African American Students) | 2017 (Latino Students)

Spotlight on Spanish-Speaking English Learners in SFUSD

What are the educational outcomes for Spanish-Speaking English Learners in SFUSD?

September 2020

This datasheet shows how San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) is serving its 8,200 Spanish-speaking English Learners (ELs), who make up 15% of students enrolled in the district. English Learners bring a wealth of cultural and linguistic assets and have the capacity to succeed academically.

Spotlight on Schools within San Jose Boundaries

What are the latest educational outcomes in SJUSD?

June 2020

Learn more about how public schools located within San Jose Unified School District (SJUSD) boundaries served Latino and African American students, students with special needs, and English learners (ELs) in the 2018-19 academic year, before the coronavirus pandemic.

See past reports: 2018 | 2017 (Latino Students)

East Palo Alto Data Sheet, 2020

What are the latest educational outcomes in East Palo Alto?

August 2020

Learn more about how Black, Latino, and Pacific Islander students are performing in East Palo Alto’s Ravenswood City School District.

See past reports: 2018 | 2017

Redwood City Data Sheet, 2020

What are the latest educational outcomes in Redwood City?

August 2020

Learn more about how students are performing in Redwood City Elementary School District.

See past reports: 2018 | 2017

A Parent’s Guide to Supporting the Whole Child in Schools

June 2020

Whole child-centered learning is the idea that children learn best when all of their needs are met. This guide is a tool to introduce the latest understanding of what works, what to look for, and where to push to make sure your school and community support all children to thrive academically, socially, and emotionally.

2020 Bay Area Top Schools

2020 Top Bay Area Public Schools for Underserved Students

Which Bay Area public schools had the best educational outcomes for underserved students in 2020?

May 2020

The schools highlighted in our annual report are supporting their low-income Latino or African American students to beat the 2018-19 statewide average for all students in math and/or English language arts proficiency and college eligibility.

See past reports: 2019 | 2018 | 2016 | 2015

2020 Los Angeles Top Schools

2020 Top LA County Public Schools for Underserved Students

Which LA County public schools had the best educational outcomes for underserved students in 2020?

May 2020

The schools highlighted in our annual report are supporting their low-income Latino or African American students to beat the 2018-19 statewide average for all students in math and/or English language arts proficiency and college eligibility.

See past reports: 2019

SELA Rising

How are Southeast Los Angeles schools serving low-income Latino students and English learners?

2020

Southeast Los Angeles (SELA) is a resilient and rapidly growing region made up of several cities and neighborhoods. More than 60,000 students attend the 89 public schools in SELA, the majority of whom are low-income and Latino.

Road to College

How can parents make sure their child is on track by supporting them at home and advocating to make sure their school is preparing them for success?

December 2019

Most California students want to attend college, but currently, only half graduate high school with the requirements to go to a public state university. This guide for parents helps you learn how to make sure your child is on track by supporting at home and advocating at school.

Spotlight on African American Students in Los Angeles

See how schools in Los Angeles Unified are serving African American students

April 2019

This data brief provides a snapshot of how schools in Los Angeles Unified are serving African American students based on the latest state test scores in English and math, graduation rates, and UC/CSU eligibility rates. This brief is a collaboration between Innovate Public Schools and the First African Methodist Episcopal Church (FAME).

Spotlight on Southeast Los Angeles Unified

See how schools in Southeast Los Angeles Unified are serving Latino students

November 2018

Schools in Southeast Los Angeles Unified serve over 60,000 students. Low-income Latino students make up the large majority of the student population and over a quarter are English learners. Out of 89 schools in Southeast Los Angeles, only nine reach the statewide average in English and math. This brief provides a snapshot of how schools in the southeast area of LAUSD Board District 5 are serving Latino students based on the latest state test scores in English and math, graduation rates, and UC/CSU eligibility rates.

2018 An Advocates Guide to Transforming Special Education

An Advocate’s Guide to Transforming Special Education

Creating Schools Where All Students Can Thrive

August 2018

Most students – both with and without disabilities – can learn rigorous, grade-level content and graduate from high school ready for college or a career of their choice. We prepared this guide to help parents and advocates understand what educational opportunity looks like for students with disabilities. The guide is meant to assist those fighting for systemic change by providing concrete examples, interviews and school profiles that show what’s possible.

UPDATED: San Jose Unified Snapshot: Students with Disabilities

An overview of how SJUSD is doing in serving students with disabilities

December 2017

Students with disabilities in all public schools should receive the academic and social-emotional support they need to be prepared for meaningful opportunities in career, college, and life. Right now, the reality is that this is not happening in most places in California.

A Dream Deferred

How San Francisco schools leave behind the most vulnerable students

October 2017

Among similar districts across California, San Francisco currently ranks near the bottom in learning outcomes for low-income African American students and low-income Latino students. San Francisco’s educational challenges take the form of three contradictions. This report explores these dynamics and highlights a way forward.

2015-16 Franklin-McKinley Compact Progress Reports

See how Franklin-McKinley schools are tracking towards their goals

May 2017

In 2013, the Franklin-McKinley School District, local charter schools, and several community partners kicked off a collaborative partnership to help boost student and school performance. The progress reports below help educators, community leaders and parents track progress towards their goals.

San Jose Unified Snapshot: Students with Disabilities

An overview of how SJUSD is doing in serving students with disabilities

March 2017

Students with disabilities in all public schools should receive the academic and social-emotional support they need to be prepared for meaningful opportunities in career, college, and life. Right now, the reality is that this is not happening in most places in California.

How World-class Schools Deliver for All Students

Six practices that drive high-performing schools to success

December 2015

World-class schools are vibrant and inspiring places that set a high bar for all students, and consistently support each and every one to reach his or her full potential. While no two schools are alike, this report outlines six school practices that drive their success that you can put to work right now in your own school community.

Struggling Schools, Promising Solutions

Silicon Valley’s Lowest-Performing Schools and Solutions for the Students That Attend Them

November 2014

More than 15,000 students in Silicon Valley are currently attending schools that have been persistently low-performing for years. “Struggling Schools, Promising Solutions” calls on local communities, especially superintendents and school boards, to take swift action to find lasting solutions for the students attending the 28 schools singled out in the report. It summarizes research from across the country on how to effectively turn around struggling schools and highlights examples of successful schools and turnaround efforts that can inform and inspire efforts in Silicon Valley.

Broken Promises

The Children Left Behind in Silicon Valley Schools

January 2014

Innovate Public Schools first research report, released in 2013 with an updated edition in 2014, is the first comprehensive look at the performance of public schools and districts in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties, with special attention on the achievement of underserved groups of students. The report found low percentages of college readiness for Latino, African-American, and Pacific Islander students, as well as low-income students and English learners, across the entire region.

About Innovate Public Schools

Innovate Public Schools is a nonprofit organization focused on ensuring that all Bay Area students, including low-income students and students of color, receive an excellent education. We’re building a movement of families, educators, and business and elected leaders who together will make this vision a reality.

We build the capacity of parents and educators to innovate and act together to create world-class public schools, and we publish easy-to-understand school quality data and research that highlights both problems and solutions.