• Oakland Aviation Hight School
  • Oakland Aviation Hight School

Academic Standards

OAHS bases its core curricular choices on California State Standards, FAA standards and FCC requirements. The curriculum is aligned with the College of Alameda Aviation Technician program and the UC A-G requirements. Interim assessments, every four to six weeks, will provide a barometer for how aligned curriculum is to the standards. The frequency of these assessments will guide us in staying on target.


At OAHS, curriculum mapping begins with California State Standards, but expands to include FAA and FCC requirements. The frameworks are assessed to identify the essential content and skills required for mastery. This process is called "identifying power standards." Once the power standards are identified, we ask the question, "What do students need to know and be able to do to meet this standard?" This begins the scaffolding process, which entails defining the learning activities required to prepare students to master each standard, developing lesson plans that provide all students entry and scaffolding student learning to attain the standard.

"Safety Net" standards are content or skills that are absolutely essential to reaching proficiency on the CAHSEE, CAT, FCC and FAA tests. These standards are taught and evaluated daily across the curriculum. Teachers in teacher teams work together to integrate safety net standards in all classes.

Almost all textbooks and curricula claim to be standards aligned, but at OAHS we take responsibility for alignment and attainment in our staff summer retreat and during the year in weekly professional development meetings. During the summer institute, staff review proposed texts in department teams and map out the scope and sequence of the lessons to maximize opportunities to teach safety net and power standards. In interdisciplinary teams the staff will align safety net standards across the curriculum. During weekly professional development, staff will examine results and fine tune lessons and sequencing to maximize curricular effectiveness. This is an ongoing process intended to ensure that teachers are covering the standards, and teaching students how to master them.