Fremont’s African American male students and English language learners made some of the greatest reading improvement out of similar groups at other Oakland high schools last year.
The growth was measured by the Scholastic Reading Inventory (SRI) that is given to all Oakland students three times a year.
Among Fremont’s African American males, 69 percent showed one or more year’s reading growth. This compares to 68 percent of Skyline’s African American males and 65 percent of Oakland High and Castlemont’s African American males. McClymond’s rate was 56 percent and Oakland Tech did not have scores reported in records published online by the Oakland Unified School District.
“I feel very excited and proud of our young men to be showing their skills,” said Sonja Totten-Harris, freshman English teacher.
She said that Fremont’s strategies include independent reading, SSR in many classes and aligned annotation.Totten-Harris said that students also are taught active reading strategies across grades and disciplines.
Students also were happy to hear about the growth.
“I feel cool about it because it put a good look on our school,” said Jarmaine Mitchell, a sophomore.
Mitchell said the after school programs at Fremont has helped him and other students with their reading.
Additionally, English learners at Fremont had the second best growth for English learners least year. About 53 percent of them showed one year or more improvement. Oakland High’s English learners made the most improvement with 57 percent improving one year or more, but those at Skyline, Castlemont, McClymonds, MetWest and Life Academy all fell below Fremont in improvement.