On May 15, 2014, the Board of Education hosted the 2014 Mount Laurel Education Summit : Understanding the Transformation at Hartford School. Participants were asked to share their reflections and perceptions on public education in general and on Mount Laurel schools in particular. The board’s goal is to have every demographic group within Mount Laurel represented at the Educational Summit, and to have technology available for hands-on use by participants. A total of 105 representatives from every demographic group within the community – parents, residents without children, senior citizens, members of faith-based groups, preschool parents and day care workers, township officials, residents at large and school personnel - participated.
Superintendent of Schools Dr. Antoinette Rath provided an overview of three crucial factors facing our schools today. They were: The Common Core Standards, the new Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) test, and school attendance. All of those present were given the opportunity to take a portion of the PARCC test to assess its rigor, and took part in group discussion regarding all three factors under study.