On the first day of school in many Oregon districts Wednesday, Governor John Kitzhaber restated his goal of having all of this year’s kindergartners graduate from high school.
Kitzhaber’s education chief, Rudy Crew, appeared with the governor at a Tigard elementary school. Crew says the state should put some of its focus on parents and the steps they can take to get their kids ready for kindergarten.
“What they know about what they can do should be completely obvious to them and things that we as a state could actually provide for them in the way of help and support – the menu of offerings of things that parents can do to get their kids to be, frankly, not just ready to read, but reading, as they leave home and are going into kindergarten and first grade,” Crew says.
Crew says the primary grades have changed a great deal in the last few years. He expects many students to be ahead of schedule on one important benchmark: reading by third grade.
In comments to teachers and parents, Kitzhaber noted Tuesday that this year is also different because it’ll be the first time schools operate under Oregon’s waiver from the federal No Child Left Behind law.