Cuomo Slams Panel Over Common Core Recommendations

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Governor Andrew Cuomo is slamming a panel of New York education policy makers over its recommendations for the new Common Core Learning Standards.

A work group of Board of Regents members is recommending protections for teachers whose students don't perform well on state assessments aligned with the new Common Core Learning Standards.

"There is a difference between remedying the system for students and parents and using this situation as yet another excuse to stop the teacher evaluation process," said Cuomo in a prepared statement.
   
The group says educators whose jobs are threatened because of this year's and last year's test results should be able to raise as a defense a district's failure to provide enough training or guidance on the standards.

"Today's recommendations are another in a series of missteps by the Board of Regents that suggests the time has come to seriously reexamine its capacity and performance. These recommendations are simply too little, too late for our parents and students," said Cuomo.
   
The state's largest teachers union has been demanding a three-year moratorium on high-stakes consequences.
   
The work group's recommendations are contained in a report being presented to the full Board of Regents Monday in Albany.

Another major change being proposed: setting the class of 2022 as the first one to face higher graduation standards based on Common Core testing. If the Board of Regents adopts the 2022 date, it will be 12 years after the standards were adopted - in 2010.

The group also proposed measures to reduce the amount of testing students face. parents have complained about excessive testing as a result of the Common Core initiative.

The group was instructed to find ways to fix problems with the state's rollout of the Common Core, student testing and teacher evaluations.

Here's Cuomo's full statement:

"Today's recommendations are another in a series of missteps by the Board of Regents that suggests the time has come to seriously reexamine its capacity and performance. These recommendations are simply too little, too late for our parents and students.

"Common Core is the right goal and direction as it is vital that we have a real set of standards for our students and a meaningful teacher evaluation system. However, Common Core's implementation in New York has been flawed and mismanaged from the start.

"As far as today's recommendations are concerned, there is a difference between remedying the system for students and parents and using this situation as yet another excuse to stop the teacher evaluation process.

"The Regents' response is to recommend delaying the teacher evaluation system and is yet another in a long series of roadblocks to a much needed evaluation system which the Regents had stalled putting in place for years.

"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."

Friday, July 25, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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