State panel recommends delaying Common Core

BUFFALO, NY (WIVB) A state panel is recommending a 5-year delay in requiring students to meet standards under the common core. Education policy leaders said teachers should be protected when their students don’t test well and the state’s largest teachers’ union wants a 3-year suspension on consequences linked to Common Core.

There are some New Yorkers, including the governor, who say today’s announcement is a step in the wrong direction. Governor Andrew Cuomo says Common Core’s implementation in New York has been flawed and mismanaged from the start. Adding, the Board of Regents is using this situation as yet another excuse to stop the teacher evaluation process.

After 20 forums, the New York State Education Department releases a 30 page report. “The learning standards are in place and are going to stay in place,” said Robert Bennett. Bennett was one of six Board of Regents who drafted the recommended changes. The report lists 19 changes including preventing unfair negative consequences to teachers and principals based on an ineffective rating from common core testing. They’ve also requested more funding for schools including appropriate funding for professional development. “Overall we believe we were responsive to the requests and the last thing we did was we delayed for a year and a half any use of the data that’s coming forth to just put that on hold until the legislature can deal with that contract that exists,” said Bennett.

“To be absolutely honest as a parent I am insulted by their recommendations today,” said Eric Mihelbergel.  For parents Mihelbergel, who founded New York State Allies for Public Education, the report leaves them feeling like their voices haven’t been heard.  “Basically what they’ve done is ignore all of the core problems that parents have been extremely concerned about over the last six months at all the forums.”

Mihelbergel was hoping to see a moratorium on the nature of high stakes testing and the sharing of students’ personal data. “They’ve put together a set of solutions that don’t even scratch the surface of what the real problems are,” said Mihelbergel. “We changed what we could change and the rest is up the legislature pretty much,” said Bennett.

Mihelbergel says their next step is focusing on the election of the new Board of Regents members. They’ll be elected in March. His group The New York State Allies for Public Education has endorsed four candidates.

 

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