A Message from the Superintendent

A Message from the Superintendent

Anne E. Campbell
County Superintendent of Schools

Welcome to the San Mateo County Office of Education!  At SMCOE we are dedicated to serving our county's 23 school districts in a shared mission to deliver a top rate educational experience for our county’s nearly 94,000 students.

2014 finds us busily assisting our county's 23 school districts as they implement the rigorous Mathematics and Reading/Language Arts Common Core Standards and the new Smarter Balanced Assessment. PreK-12 instruction is undergoing dramatic changes as teachers integrate Common Core into their classrooms and as students begin to take assessments vastly different from the previous STAR tests. We're working hard to ensure everyone has the support needed to transition successfully to this exciting new educational era.

You'll also discover that we're continuing to extend our efforts to address the needs of young children and their families. We've been heavily involved in helping districts implement Transitional Kindergarten.  We've also been working closely with the Peninsula Partnership Leadership Council to launch the Big Lift – a community-wide effort to improve 3rd grade reading proficiency that focuses on expanding access to quality preschool programs for our county’s 3 and 4-year-olds. We're especially proud of our STEM Center staff and their cutting edge professional development for preschool and early elementary teachers to help provide our youngest students with a strong foundational understanding of mathematics.

As we look to the future, we will continue to partner with districts and community organizations, ensuring all our county's students are well-prepared to meet the demands of today's fast-paced, global society and helping to create PreK–12 classrooms and schools that are responsive to the unique needs of today's students.