Outline improvements for coming school year
(Tigard, OR) — Governor Kitzhaber joined the Class of 2025 at a Back-to-School kick-off at Metzger Elementary today, as more than 650,000 elementary, secondary and post-secondary public students begin classes in Oregon. This year’s kindergartners are the class of 2025, the year by which the state has set the ambitious goal of ensuring a 100 percent high school completion rate.
“You arrive at school with all of the potential, imagination and enthusiasm you need to succeed. It is up to us – as parents, teachers, administrators, policy makers and the broader community – to ensure you do,” said Governor Kitzhaber, speaking to the Metzger Elementary student body in Tigard. “The challenge is for us adults to find the resources, the courage and the creativity to take what is working best for some students, in some classrooms and schools, and do what is needed to deliver those results for all students, in all classrooms and schools in Oregon.”
Governor Kitzhaber was joined by Oregon’s Chief Education Officer Dr. Rudy Crew and Interim Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction Rob Saxton, who are charged with redesigning Oregon’s system of public education to better integrate early childhood services, K-12 and post-secondary education and training to deliver better results for students.
“For the first time, state policy and investment, school district budgets and school curricula are aligning,” said Dr. Crew. “It’s a recognition that education starts at birth and continues through college and career training.”
In addition, the Governor outlined changes that schools and students will see in coming years, including:
- Streamlining early childhood programs to help ensure Oregon’s youngest children have access to nutrition, health care and pre-school services so they’re ready for school when they reach kindergarten.
- Piloting new teacher and principal evaluation systems to increase teaching effectiveness in the classroom.
- Renewing a focus on literacy in Oregon’s elementary schools; and science, technology, engineering and math in middle, high and post-secondary schools.
- Increasing tutoring, giving attention to struggling students after school and during the summer.
- Sharing and scaling-up the model practices of Oregon’s top five percent “model schools” schools with all of Oregon’s school districts.
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