Rob Saxton

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Rob Saxton
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Deputy Oregon Superintendent of Public Instruction
In office
September 14, 2012 - Present
Years in position 3
PredecessorSusan Castillo
Base salary$241,122
Elections and appointments
AppointedJuly 2012
Appointed byGovernor John Kitzhaber
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sLinfield College
Master'sLinfield College
OtherPortland State
ProfessionEducator, Administrator
Office website
Rob Saxton is the Deputy Oregon Superintendent of Schools. He was appointed by Governor John Kitzhaber in July 2012 and confirmed by the state senate in September of that year.[1]


Saxton is a native Oregonian. The son of teachers, he was raised in a household that prioritized education. After high school, Saxton attended Linfield College, where he received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education. Later, he earned his administrative/superintendent’s credentials from Portland State.[1]

Rob came to ODE after years working in Oregon schools and districts. For the previous seven years, he served as the superintendent of the Tigard-Tualatin School District which has been recognized as a state leader in success with student outcomes in reading, math, science, and graduation rates. The district has provided leadership to other districts in the state in areas such as Response to Intervention (RTI) and an intentional focus on closing the achievement gap. Saxton has also served as superintendent of the Sherwood School District, principal of McMinnville High School, and an assistant principal, teacher, and coach in the Greater Albany School District.


  • Bachelor's in education, Linfield College
  • Master's in education, Linfield College
  • Administrative and Superintendent Credentials, Portland State

Political career

Deputy Superintendent of Schools (2012-present)

Saxton was appointed by Gov. Kitzhaber in July 2012 and confirmed by the Senate on September 14th to serve as Oregon's first Deputy Superintendent of Education.[1] His predecessor, Susan Castillo, announced her resignation on June 4, 2012 after nearly 10 years in the position. Castillo was lured away from her elected post by the opportunity to serve as regional vice president for the non-profit Project Lead The Way, which is "the leading provider of science, technology, engineering, and math educational" curricula to middle and high schools in the country.[2] Castillo's departure, over two years ahead of schedule, marked the end of the office's approximately 150 year run as an independent, elected position. A new law passed in 2011 transferred "responsibility for the state's half-million students attending 1,200 public and charter schools" to the governor, who will appoint a chief education officer for assistance, as well as a "superboard that oversees spending and policy for every level."[3]

Common Core

Oregon has been adopting the Common Core education standards since 2010 and Saxton has supported this process since taking office. When a survey of Oregon educators found that 80% reported that their curriculum met Common Core standards, Saxton was pleasantly surprised.[4] He cited the close cooperation between the state Department of Education and outside groups such as teachers unions and administrators as the reason for this seemingly seamless transition.

In May 2014, however, some teachers and school system officials raised concerns over the round of testing that would begin in spring 2015.[5] Because the students being tested have not been taught over the years according to the Common Core curriculum, Saxton expects that only 35% of the students tested will pass. While some teachers have accused this of setting students up to fail, Saxton replies that this will be a "wake up call" for teachers and schools.[5]



Saxton was appointed deputy superintendent of schools in July 2012 by Gov. John Kitzhaber. He was then confirmed by the Oregon State Senate and took the oath of office on September 14th.[1]

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Preceded by
Susan Castillo
Oregon Superintendent of Public Instruction
Succeeded by