|State superintendent addresses concerns about graduation requirements|
by Susan Castillo, Superintendent of Public Instruction
As we have been working on increasing Oregon's high school graduation requirements, we have been hearing concerns from administrators that there is not enough time to hold school meetings/discussions and deliver meaningful feedback to the State Board in time for their December 8 vote. I understand that the timeline for this portion of the work is very challenging, but let me clear up some confusion around this issue.
The State Board decisions on December 8 will set a clear direction for Oregon’s new high school graduation requirements, but that does not mean the work is complete. The vote on December 8 will mark the beginning of the next phase of work -- implementation.
I promise you that we will work together to implement the
State Board’s decisions and to develop the answers to these and other
And the list goes on. . .
Again, the public and stakeholder involvement process will continue after December 8, but it is essential that the State Board set a clear plan and direction before the start of the 2007 legislative session.
I encourage you to convene your school and/or community meetings to weigh in on these questions. There is much to be decided, and we will continue to solicit your advice on this very important work.
You can always submit your feedback online at the ODE website. There, you can view the 12 minute video, fill out the survey, and get answers to frequently asked questions. (You may also do the same on this COSA website.)
Thank you so much for the feedback that you have provided to
the State Board and the Department thus far.
|This page was last updated on Thursday, November 16, 2006 .|