“I don’t want this to bring us down, and I don’t think it will,” she said. “I think the Saltonstall spirit is really strong and the commitment to the culture won’t be impacted.”
While acknowledging the role of the state MCAS exams, Carter said she feared that the overemphasis on test scores was harmful.
“I honestly feel 20 years from now, we’re going to look back and realize this was the worst thing we’ve done to kids,” she said. “I just think we’re learning a really hard lesson. ... I hope we can sustain a focus on children and have the test scores be secondary.”
Tom Dalton can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.