June 4, 2013, 9:00 a.m. | The Washington Post
Washington Post Live convened governors and education commissioners from key states to raise awareness of the importance of reading well by the third grade. We discussed the plans – state by state – to elevate reading at this important marker in a child’s education.

Photo Highlights

June 4, 2013: Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant at Washington Post Live's Reading Milestones event. (Jeffrey MacMillan/The Washington Post)

  • June 4, 2013: Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant at Washington Post Live's Reading Milestones event.
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  • June 4, 2013: New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez at Washington Post Live's Reading Milestones event.
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  • June 4, 2013: Gov. Jack Markell of Delaware speaks at Washington Post Live's Reading Milestones event.
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  • June 4, 2013: Gov. Phil Bryant of Mississippi, Gov. Jack Markell of Delaware, & Gov. Susana Martinez of New Meixco at Washington Post Live's Reading Milestones event.
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  • June 4, 2013: Mick Zais, State Superintendent of Education in South Carolina, speaks at Washington Post Live's Reading Milestones event.
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  • June 4, 2013: Lillian Lowery, State Superintendent of Schools in Maryland, speaks at Washington Post Live's Reading Milestones event.
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  • June 4, 2013: Randy Dorn, Superintendent of Public Instruction in Washington state, speaks at Washington Post Live's Reading Milestones event.
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  • June 4, 2013: Patricia Wright, Superintendent of Public Instruction in Virginia, speaks at Washington Post Live's Reading Milestones event.
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  • June 4, 2013: John Barge, State Superintendent of Schools in Georgia, speaks at Washington Post Live's Reading Milestones event.
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  • June 4, 2013: Richard Ross, Superintendent of Public Instruction in Ohio, at Washington Post Live's Reading Milestones event.
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  • June 4, 2013: Moderator Mary Jordan with School Superintendents: John Barge, Georgia; Randy Dorn, Washington; Lillian Lowery, Maryland; Richard Ross, Ohio; Patricia Wright, Virginia; and Mick Zais, South Carolina at Washington Post Live's Reading Milestones event.
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Video Highlights

Panel One: Reading Milestones

Panel One: Reading Milestones

The first panel on Reading Milestones featured Gov. Phil Bryant of Mississippi, Gov. Jack Markell of Delaware, and Gov. Susana Martinez of New Mexico.
Gov. Bryant: Mediocrity began when both parents started working

Gov. Bryant: Mediocrity began when both parents started working

Gov. Phil Bryant (R-Miss.) pointed to women entering the workforce as a factor that led to increasingly mediocre education outcomes in the United States.
Markell: You can’t fix third grade literacy only focusing on third graders

Markell: You can’t fix third grade literacy only focusing on third graders

Gov. Jack Markell (D-Delaware), says high quality early childhood education is an important part of third grade success and beyond.
Barge: One school can make a difference

Barge: One school can make a difference

Jon Barge, Georgia State Superintendent, describes how one school district changed the outlook and culture of education in the community. He tells how 90 percent of the students exceeded above the state standardized test results in Georgia.

 

Panel Two: Reading Milestones

Panel Two: Reading Milestones

The second panel on Reading Milestones featured Richard Ross, John Barge, Randy Dorn, Lillian Lowery, Patricia Wright, and Mike Zais.
How data has improved teachers’ performance with students

How data has improved teachers’ performance with students

Gov. Markell says data has improved teacher interaction in Delaware.
Martinez: It’s not compassionate moving a child frome one grade to the next if they’re not ready

Martinez: It’s not compassionate moving a child frome one grade to the next if they’re not ready

Gov. Martinez (R-N.M.) says educators have to start as early as kindergarten. If students are not mastering reading by the third grade, she says it could affect the rest of the student’s life.
Lowry on struggling students: ‘We don’t give up on them’

Lowry on struggling students: ‘We don’t give up on them’

Maryland Superintendent Lillian Lowry says educators should be mindful of students’ home environment. She says it is not the students fault where he or she was born.

 

Zais: Lottery money used for books

Zais: Lottery money used for books

South Carolina Superintendent, Mick Zais, describes how states can supplement educational programs even in the summer months. He says South Carolina allotted money from its state lottery to help lower income students purchase books for the summer.
Ohio’s new education program may retain students if reading levels are not reached

Ohio’s new education program may retain students if reading levels are not reached

Ohio’s public school stystem is starting a new program called “The Guarantee,” where third graders will be expected to read at a third grade level by the end of the school year.
Higher expectations and no more excuses from one New Mexico school

Higher expectations and no more excuses from one New Mexico school

Gov. Susana Martinez (R-N.M.), says every student can learn. She describes a schoon in New Mexico where the student performance went from low achievement school to the top five in the state because the school principal and teachers do not allow excuses from students.
Wright on education in Virginia: ‘We’ve expanded reading from just a book’

Wright on education in Virginia: ‘We’ve expanded reading from just a book’

Virginia recently launched different learning tools for students in the summer months, like the “Find A Book” program.
Vocabulary skills are lower for less income students but new programs may help

Vocabulary skills are lower for less income students but new programs may help

Superintendent of Public Instruction in Washington state, Randy Dorn, discusess when legislators and state educators work together on education partnerships.

Speakers

Susana Martinez

Governor, New Mexico

Phil Bryant

Governor, Mississippi

Jack Markell

Governor, Delaware

Richard Ross

Superintendent of Public Instruction, Ohio Department of Instruction

John Barge

State School Superintendent, Georgia

Randy Dorn

State Superintendent, Washington

Lillian Lowery

Maryland State Superintendent of Schools

Patricia Wright

Virginia’s Superintendent of Public Instruction

Mick Zais

South Carolina State Superintendent of Schools