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State Superintendent Chris Reykdal’s Interview with Inside Olympia | Seattle Education

State Superintendent Chris Reykdal’s Interview with Inside Olympia | Seattle Education:

State Superintendent Chris Reykdal’s Interview with Inside Olympia

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Editor’s Note: This is an important interview which slipped under the radar of many parents and educations.
In it, State Superintendent Chris Reykdal, talks about McCleary and education funding, Plus, Reykdal explains parts of his plan to redesign K-12 education and the importance of technology to his vision.  
Please take the time to read the transcript and share your thoughts in the comment section. I think there’s a lot to talk about.  
The interview can be seen here. Below is a transcript of the interview. 
-Carolyn Leith
Well a couple things. On the political front I would say, look at our levy passage rate around the state, folks in our state love their schools, they trust their local schools, which is why as much of this has to be in local controls hands as possible. The the further you get from people on the ground the more skeptical they get. So they’ll tolerate a package in Olympia that supports schools but gives their districts the ability to have some flexibility. The further up you go the less they’re gonna trust that for one. The other thing is we’re doing things very differently in this state. I I mean I wish we could spend an hour on your show going through twenty years of education reform to talk about what we’re doing: more math, more science, more English language arts, more rigor in the curriculum, more expectation of teachers, a better evaluation system, a school rating system, our achievement index. All of that by the way is getting reimagined right now because we owe a consolidated accountability report if you will to the federal government by September. And we’re writing that plan now. You’re gonna see variables in that achievement index where we, where we look at schools way beyond test scores, which we oversimplified. You’re gonna see things like chronic absenteeism and whether or not they’re at this critical benchmark, 9th grade success…and whether they’re getting dual credit for courses in the 11th and 12th grade. We are doing things very differently in public schools. I would argue a little humorously, most of the cynics of reform have not stepped in a classroom. If you go into a classroom today and see what’s happening, from a, from a third grade teacher, all the way to a high school science teacher, you would see a very different experience than when you went to school.
-Chris Reykdal
Inside Olympia, April 27th 2017
Washington State Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal with Austin Jenkins.
Jenkins:  As you complete your first 100 days, a former state lawmaker yourself, what are your, there’s a little bit of déjà vu no doubt going on, but what is your thought, as we State Superintendent Chris Reykdal’s Interview with Inside Olympia | Seattle Education:

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