The truth is, we can do better in preparing our young people for the world they will enter as adults. It is our sincere hope that the Common Core will help us do this.
As for the teacher evaluations, we bristle a little bit at the thought of the state telling us how to judge the performance of local educators, but we have confidence in our local districts to implement the plans they developed.
We are fortunate in the local area to have a strong foundation already in place to support these changes. While schools elsewhere in the nation and the state will have far to climb to reach the new Common Core baseline, we are well-positioned to make the transition.
We wish only the best for our local students, teachers and administrators as they face the challenges of a new school year.