When the state adopted the new Common Core Standards, it set in motion reforms that will impact teaching and learning for the next several decades. The new standards raise the bar for student achievement significantly and offer districts the opportunity to reflect on their internal systems of teaching and learning to assess how they measure up to the rigor of the new standards. In Salem, we are embracing this opportunity and have undertaken the first steps in a journey toward refining and strengthening districtwide literacy practices. For those interested in reviewing the Common Core Standards, they may be accessed at doe.mass.edu/candi/commoncore/.
M. Kate Carbone is assistant superintendent of the Salem Public Schools. This is one in a regular series of columns from the Community Advisory Board for the Salem schools.