From the Superintendent




Today I was honored to take the oath of office as Ohio’s 37th Superintendent of Public Instruction. I am humbled that the State Board of Education would entrust me with this tremendous responsibility.

A big part of that honor is the opportunity to continue working closely with you to help shape the future for Ohio’s boys and girls. Our goal is very clear. We must help all children reach their potential, regardless of their circumstance, by providing a world-class education system.

Change is challenging and often difficult, but it is also necessary. Right now, Ohio’s school system is making measured progress. Many of you work in districts that have great stories to tell. But as a state, we are not where we need to be.

We absolutely must close our achievement gap, increase the graduation rate and reduce the need for college remediation. It is crucial that we teach our kids to read. We have to clearly communicate with parents about how our schools are performing. And we have to connect kids with career opportunities to keep them interested and engaged in learning.

ODE has undergone many leadership shifts in the last few years. One of my goals is to provide the stability, guidance and support at the state level so you can make these changes at the local level. That means listening to your ideas and suggestions for how we can do better. I welcome candor and honest feedback.

Recently, The Economist magazine described the changes underway in our nation’s schools as the most significant “in living memory.” Ohio is certainly no exception. There is no reason why Ohio cannot be a national leader in providing high-quality education in every district and for every student. Our teachers and leaders at the local and state level have what it takes.

I appreciate your work on behalf of the boys and girls of our state. Together we can help build a world-class education system here in Ohio.


Dr. Richard A. Ross.