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February 19, 2013

Visit to Norman was fun, informative

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NORMAN —

While this is only a small percentage of our student body, even the thought that one child might be held back is concerning. Yet, we cannot continue to promote children who cannot read. This puts them at greater risk of failing in school when the stakes are much higher than third grade.

I urged the group I spoke with on Friday to tell parents to please read to their children and have their children read to them. We’re planning now to promote a summer reading program that is built around the idea that if all children can read five books on their Lexile level, it will eliminate the summer slide that often occurs in students.

Visting Norman was great fun. I always love the opportunity to get into the school districts and hear directly from teachers, school leaders and students. I give them permission to ask me any question, and I do my best to provide thorough answers.

Since taking the job of state superintendent, I’ve visited almost 50 school districts in nearly as many counties. I will continue to do so throughout my tenure in office. It is the only way I can truly assure I am hearing the needs of our educators and students and that they hear directly from me the purpose behind education reforms.

Dr. Janet Barresi serves as

Oklahoma’s State Superintendent

of Schools.

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