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Oakland Unified School District

Capstone and Performance Assessments

This work has helped our once divisive academies come together, and the payoff is huge for teachers and, most importantly, for students.

Fremont teacher (June 2015)

The OUSD Graduate Profile articulates a vision for student achievement, which we assess through a Graduate Capstone project. Student success on the Graduate Capstone requires all teachers to collaborate in creating vertically aligned performance assessments preK-12. Adult collaboration is the backbone for building instructional coherence and supporting student success.  If we collaborate towards a shared vision for OUSD students, then we see improved student outcomes and increased teacher retention.

Implementation Timeline 

Year One

  • Adopt common rubrics
  • Include Graduate Seminar in Master Schedule
  • GC teachers participate in cycle of inquiry
  • GC teachers participate in district PD

Year Two 

  • Whole school calibrates and scores papers
  • Align projects and skills at other grade levels
  • Incorporate pathway theme and WBL into project
  • Teachers, students & community watch capstone presentations

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