Role Of State Superintendent Can Be 'What You Make Of It'
Excerpt from the KNKX report by Ariel Van Cleave:
All nine statewide offices are up for grabs this election year, and about half don’t even have an incumbent running. It’s pretty obvious what most of these elected officials do, such as the governor or the secretary of state. But the job description for the person who runs the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, or what it takes to be successful at it, aren't quite as clear.
Ashley Jochim, a researcher with the Center on Reinventing Public Education at the University of Washington-Bothell, says the job deals a lot with accountability.
"OSPI employs hundreds of staff and are responsible for everything from monitoring district compliance with state and federal program requirements to developing state standards and assessments, and also providing support and assistance to school districts," Jochim said.
She says as more federal and state policies were passed by lawmakers, the duties of the state superintendent increased. And Jochim says the office really is "what you make of it."