Preparing students for college and a career is the mission of every public K-12 school system, and this work begins by establishing a strong foundation for success in the early grades.

At Marlboro Township (NJ) Public Schools, a K-8 district, we are doing several things to ensure that our students are on a path to college and career readiness before they move on to high school. Our efforts seem to be paying off, as all of our elementary and middle schools are rated by the state as either “shows progress” or “excels” in terms of reading and math achievement. Moreover, we...

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  • About the Author:

    Michael Ballone is the director of curriculum and instruction for the Marlboro Township Public Schools in Marlboro, New Jersey. Michael Bowman is the curriculum supervisor for ELA, the gifted reading program in grades K-3, and the honors programs in grades 6-8.