Superintendent candidate Carey Wright: preparing kids for college starts at elementary level

Dec 13, 2012

OPS stakeholders have one more opportunity to meet the candidates for superintendent.

The final public forum with the candidates is Thursday at 4:30. Wednesday, Carey Wright spoke to OPS parents, staff, and other stakeholders about her background and successes working in an urban school district. Wright is currently the Chief Academic Officer for the D.C. Public Schools.

She says preparing students for college and the working world begins at the early elementary level. "You’ve got to make sure you have a curriculum that is incredibly rigorous at all levels, and I do mean that even in Pre-K, and that is very challenging, so that you’re meeting the needs of children. I think you as a district have to make sure that you’re setting very high expectations for children. I’m a firm believer that all children will rise to meet the expectations you set."

Wright says collaboration, accountability, and transparency are important to success. Before joining the D.C. Public Schools, Wright was a teacher and administrator in suburban Maryland school districts.

The final candidate for superintendent is Mark Evans, superintendent of the Andover, Kansas, Public Schools. The OPS board plans to meet Saturday to deliberate and choose a finalist.