Superintendent's Message

Much to recognize and celebrate

Carole Smith PPS Superintendent June 13, 2014: As we wrap up another school year, many of us are filled with mixed emotions. Our hearts go out to the Reynolds High School community as they struggle to make sense of the events that recently took place. We are also very mindful of the losses suffered in a number of our own schools in recent weeks. I have been moved by the way our school communities have come together during these tragedies with both care and compassion, and a desire to support one another.

We also have much to recognize and celebrate.

I want to congratulate our graduates and wish them well as they head off to college and careers. I also want to honor their families, their teachers and the staff at their schools who worked to help our students reach their potential and build plans for their futures. [More]
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Portland School Board takes a stand on new test

July 23, 2014
The Portland School Board voted 7 to 0 July 22 on a resolution that calls upon state and federal education officials to delay the use of the new Smarter Balanced Assessment in teacher evaluation, provide the necessary funding to effectively implement the test and not use the test for punitive labeling of teachers, students or schools.

Board approves plan for adding classrooms to modernized high schools

July 23, 2014

The Portland School Board voted 7 - 0  on July 22 to allow PPS to allocate an additional $8 million for more classrooms in the modernized Roosevelt and Franklin high schools, increasing the number of courses students can take over their high school career.


PPS leaders join 60 districts in pledging to improve achievement of young men of color

July 21, 2014

Sixty big-city public school districts from across the country,  including Portland Public Schools, released a pledge to improve the academic and social outcomes of boys and young men of color the Council of the Great City Schools announced today at a White House event with President Obama.


Additional leadership news announced

July 16, 2014

Superintendent Carole Smith announced to the PPS staff on July 7 additional pieces of the school district's education leadership reorganization to best serve students and schools. 


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