Teachers Get Common Core "Safety Net"

June 20, 2014 Updated Jun 20, 2014 at 6:58 AM EDT

By Rachel Elzufon

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June 20, 2014 Updated Jun 20, 2014 at 6:58 AM EDT

Albany, NY (WKBW) - Lawmakers have passed new laws surrounding the controversial Common Core testing standards.

Low-rated teachers in the State of New York will not be at risk of losing their job based on the performance of students on the Common Core tests -- at least for a few years.

This would apply to the current school year just ending and the 2014-2015 school year.

Karen Magee, with the State teachers union, tells the Associated Press that this is a "safety net" for teachers.

The New York State Assembly passed the legislation Thursday night. Senators are expected to pass the bill shortly.

Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) is expected to sign it into law.