Bill would give teachers Common Core safety net

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Low-performing teachers in New York won’t be at risk of losing their jobs based simply on their students’ performance on the new Common Core tests — at least for a few years — under legislation proposed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

The bill aims to prevent teachers deemed “ineffective” or “developing” from facing termination or a denial of tenure based solely on student test scores.

The changes would only apply to the 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 school years.

State teachers union president Karen Magee says the proposal is a “reset button” that ensures teachers won’t be unfairly judged based on the controversial new standards.

Lawmakers voted earlier this year to keep Common Core test scores off student transcripts through 2018.

Lawmakers expected to consider the bill on Thursday before adjourning their session.

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