Policy Recommendations on Improving Use of Data

Data is one of the most powerful tools we have to inform decisions and support students. Our school leaders, families, and community need more data on the successes and challenges in our schools to help more of West Contra Costa’s young people graduate ready to succeed in college, careers, and life.

According to our region’s first-ever report on student outcomes (English and Spanish) West Contra Costa’s African American students experience the largest and most persistent gaps in learning and achievement throughout the K-12 journey.

The Data in Action Campaign is a community effort to expand opportunity and equity in education for all students in West Contra Costa with the ultimate goal of improving student outcomes.

Current realities for students should not be acceptable to any of us, and we can do something about them. Over the past year, nearly 200 families, educators, elected leaders, and community-based organizations have offered input and leadership as our partners to develop a set of Policy Recommendations below for our school district board members and leaders.

We need your help. Sign the pledge to join us in calling on West Contra Costa Unified to increase supports and improve academic achievement for our African American students and other historically underserved youth. 

Together, we can ensure that our district leaders prioritize investments in strong data systems and infrastructure to make informed decisions about resources, programs, and services for all students. Please use the social media toolkit to share the pledge widely among your school communities and partners. Thank you for your commitment to making sure all West Contra Costa students thrive.

GO Public Schools West Contra Costa Staff and Black Minds Matter Study Team
Dr. Fatima Alleyne
Trustee, Area 1, Contra Costa County Board of EducationElliett Alomar
Social Worker II, Children & Family Services, Former WCCUSD School Social WorkerSasha Graham
Parent, WCCUSD

Dr. Shantina Jackson
Director, Beautiful Minds STEM Program

Maribel Lopez
Director of Community Leadership, GO Public Schools West Contra Costa

Tom Panas
Trustee, WCCUSD Board of Education

Richard Pelayo
Managing Director, GO Public Schools West Contra Costa

Jessica Rodriguez
Program Manager, The Richmond Promise

LaShante Smith
Parent and School Psychologist, WCCUSD

Jessie Stewart
Executive Director, The Richmond Promise

Natalie Walchuk
Executive Director, GO Public Schools West Contra Costa

John Zabala
School Psychologist, WCCUSD

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