Reykdal Celebrates First Year in Office; Looks Toward Future
OLYMPIA — January 11, 2018 — Today marks the end of my first year serving the people of Washington as our state’s superintendent of public instruction.
Over the past year, we built a leadership team that is beginning to reflect the incredible diversity of our students, and bolstered our legislative advocacy, including working with all four political caucuses to pass legislation to reduce standardized testing and open up multiple pathways to high school graduation.
We took on significant restructuring within the agency, including adding an Educator Growth and Development team and merging our Career and Technical Education department with our Learning and Teaching division.
We affirmed our commitment to equity by standing up for students’ civil rights, urging our congressional delegation to protect Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) students and teachers, and pushing Congress to maintain funding for effective teaching.
The work we’ve done over the past year has built the foundation of our 6-year vision for public K–12 education in Washington state.
Our priorities for the next year and beyond include supporting the Legislature to make necessary changes to the McCleary legislation passed in 2017 (House Bill 2242) to provide school districts with the flexibility needed to effectively support all students.
Additionally, we will continue building research and statewide conversations surrounding increased instructional hours and dual language learning for all students beginning in kindergarten.
We will also keep working with policymakers to lower the costs of dual credit opportunities for more students and open up more pathways to high school graduation.
Internally, we will continue laying the groundwork for these priorities by completing new mission, vision, and values statements for our organization; as well as finalizing new equity and strategic plans.
Through all of this work, our overarching focus remains on strengthening our public K–12 education system so every young person in Washington will thrive.
I am very grateful for the employees at the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI), who work hard every day to support students, school districts, and policymakers. I deeply appreciate the diverse needs of our students and school districts.
Local district leaders advocate passionately for their students and communities, and at OSPI we are building a strong ethos about the importance of local control that balances the policy interests of lawmakers.
We will continue to listen, communicate, advocate, and take risks to make sure our educators and local school leaders have the resources and policies necessary to improve achievement for each and every one of our 1.1 million students.
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The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) is the primary agency charged with overseeing K–12 education in Washington state. Led by State School Superintendent Chris Reykdal, OSPI works with the state’s 295 school districts and nine educational service districts to administer basic education programs and improve student achievement on behalf of more than one million public school students.
OSPI provides equal access to all programs and services without discrimination based on sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, honorably discharged veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal by a person with a disability. Questions and complaints of alleged discrimination should be directed to the Director of the Office of Equity and Civil Rights at (360) 725-6162 or P.O. Box 47200, Olympia, WA 98504-7200.
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