This special report describes how individual schools can engage in data-driven decision making to increase the academic performance of all students.
Structured Decision Making
This two-year effort to examine cultural competence involved an extensive literature review, a survey of organizations, and in-depth reviews of five community-based organizations: Asian American Recovery Services (Santa Clara office), East Bay Asian Youth Center of Oakland, Filipinos for Affirmative Action, Helping and Outreaching to Peers Everywhere (H.O.P.E.) (API Wellness), and United Cambodian Culture Club (UCCC) (Cambodian Community Development).
Focused study of girls in the juvenile justice system in Duval County, (Jacksonville) Florida. Found that educational failure, particularly during the middle school years was the most statistically significant risk factor for juvenile offending, including serious offending. From files for girls at various stages in the juvenile justice system in Duval County, Fl, (n=1000) girls who had school problems were 4 times more likely to be repeat offenders and 3 times more likely to have more serious charges, including person offenses than girls who did not have academic school problems.
Every year between 800,000 and one million American college students are victims of ethnoviolence. These incidents take the form of racist slurs and posters, racial harassment, and alleged racial intimidation; anti-Semitic remarks, graffiti, and posters; and harassment and threatening statements toward lesbians and gays. However, free speech issues have often overwhelmed the problem of ethnoviolence on our college and university campuses. In formulating policy, university administrators and legal counsel are now considering free speech issues as much, if not more, than the race conflict issue itself. The problem is that focusing exclusively on First Amendment concerns reflects not minority concerns, but the prejudicial priorities of some members of the dominant social order. Our universities as well as our culture must confront the dilemma presented by the extent to which free speech or racial conflict should be given priority.