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After the presentation of scores, Susan Pimentel, a lead writer of the Common Core ELA standards, moderated a panel focused on improving reading comprehension through knowledge-based curriculum, rigorous texts, and home–school partnerships.

Ms. Diane Levitt is the fourth female university leader to provide a commencement address to graduating Girls Prep 8th grade scholars, following Presidents Dianne Lynch of Stephens College in 2013, Beverly Daniel Tatum of Spelman College in 2014, and Kathleen McCartney of Smith College in 2015.