Delivering better results for students, more resources for teachers and more accountability for taxpayers.
"Our commitment to you -- the Class of 2025 -- is that every single one of you, in every community in Oregon, will graduate from high school with the tools and skills to pursue your dreams in college and careers."
-- Governor Kitzhaber, speaking to Metzger Elementary kindergarteners, Sept. 5, 2012
The Goal: 100% Graduation by 2025
This year's incoming kindergarteners are the Class of 2025 -- the year by which Oregon has set the ambitious goal of ensuring a 100 percent graduation rate. To get there, the Governor is working hard to make sure students across Oregon have the help and resources to succeed in school from day one.
Objective 1: Streamline our fragmented early childhood services and invest in Oregon kids from an early age so they are set up to succeed before they enter kindergarten.
Objective 2: Build a coordinated approach to budgeting and school curricula across the full education spectrum -- no longer separating early childhood development from K-12 from post-secondary education and training.
Objective 3: Invest in successful programs and practices being used in our top 5 percent "model schools" and replicate them across the state.
Objective 4: Replace the one-size-fits-all mandates of No Child Left Behind with our own home-grown system of accountability and support -- one that helps students, teachers, and schools set and reach ambitious but achievable goals.