Oakland disaggregates student data to increase representation and foster belonging. In 2016, AYPAL, a community-based organization working to empower Oakland’s low-income Asian and Pacific Islander immigrant and refugee families, and the Oakland Unified School District Office of Equity passed a “Disaggregated Data Resolution” expanding the options that students can identify for their race. By adding more flexibility and new categories like ‘Mien’ and ‘Tongan,’ the new data collection practice helps capture the unique backgrounds and challenges of specific communities that are not represented in broader racial categories. This data can serve as the basis for improved services, contributing to improved academic outcomes and fostering a sense of pride in identity—as described in this student-produced testimonial video. The resolution was expanded in 2019. Learn more.
Photo: Disaggregated Data Presentation at City Council - AYPAL