As someone who believes his path in life is largely owed to the public education he received, Superintendent Chris Reykdal has dedicated his career to ensuring all learners have equitable opportunities for a high-quality public education.
Since taking office in January 2017, Chris has centered OSPI’s work on equity and supporting the whole child, reinvigorated career and technical education pathways for students, and strengthened the agency’s partnership with the Legislature.
During his first three years in office, Chris spearheaded an overhaul of our state’s graduation requirements, which now provide students with multiple pathways to a high school diploma that are aligned to their goals and interests. Beginning with the Class of 2020, students will have several valuable pathways to demonstrate readiness for their next step after high school.
In addition, under Chris’ leadership, the Legislature provided the first increase to the funding model for serving students with disabilities in nearly 25 years. Chris will continue advocating for enhanced funding until school districts no longer rely on local funds to provide these essential services.
Valuing transparency in data, Chris led OSPI through a complete redesign of the state Report Card, focusing on usability for parents, families, and community members. Since the redesign, Washington’s Report Card has been ranked among the top in the nation for usability and transparency.
Since taking office, Chris has received awards for his leadership from the Association of Washington School Principals, MESA USA (Mathematics, Engineering, and Science Achievement), and DECA.
Chris is a lifelong learner who enjoys solving complex problems with data and research. In his free time, you can find Chris hiking, cheering on Washington’s sports teams, or seeing a movie with his family.
Chris graduated summa cum laude from Washington State University with a bachelor’s degree and a teaching certificate, and he earned a master’s degree in public administration from the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill.
Chris and his wife, Kim, live in historic Tumwater with their two smart, talented, and hilarious children, Carter and Kennedy.