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Adopts Changes to Common Core, Testing
Amid a growing clamor for change, the New
York State Board of Regents adopted several measures meant to
improve the implementation of the Common Core Learning Standards at
its meetings Feb. 10-11. Gov. Andrew Cuomo responded with a call
for any changes to await legislative recommendations from his
recently appointed Common Core panel.
Fort Plain and others across the state are now
beginning the process of understanding what this means for students
A Regents work group report, initially
presented to the Board of Regents P-12 Education and Higher
Education Committees, made a variety of recommendations on Common
Core implementation. Those recommendations included providing more
funding for instructional development and resources related to the
Common Core, delaying the phase-in for Common Core-aligned Regents
exams, reducing field testing, providing more testing and curriculum
options for students with disabilities and English language
learners, capping testing time, and a variety of other measures.
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The Board of Regents adopted the full report,
with one exception. It plans to invite further public comment and
review before acting on a measure related to the termination of
teachers based on ineffective evaluations.
Under the changes that were made, the class of
2022 – not the class of 2017 – will be the first class to face new
higher graduation requirements based on the Common Core Regents
exams. This means the full phase in of these new exams will occur 12
years after the standards were adopted in 2010. The Regents also
passed new measures meant to change how local testing is used to
inform teacher and principal evaluations. This includes eliminating
local traditional standardized tests used to inform teacher
evaluations for grades K-2, and capping the instructional time that
can be used for local assessments used to inform teacher evaluations
at one percent.
“We’ve heard the concerns expressed at the
hearings and forums, and we regret that the urgency of our work, and
the unevenness of implementation, have caused frustration and
anxiety for some of our educators, students, and their families.
This report is designed to make significant and timely changes to
improve our shared goal of implementing the Common Core,” Board of
Regents Chancellor Merryl H. Tisch said in a
The governor issued a formal statement in
response to the report. In it, he praised the Common Core, but
criticized its implementation in New York.
"I have created a commission to thoroughly
examine how we can address these issues. The commission has started
its work and we should await their recommendations so that we can
find a legislative solution this session to solve these problems,”
Fort Plain leaders will update parents,
students and teachers affected by these measures as more is learned
about what they mean locally and when they might officially take
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