Public Forum on Common Core

November 19, 2013 Updated Nov 19, 2013 at 6:15 PM EDT

By WKBW News

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November 19, 2013 Updated Nov 19, 2013 at 6:15 PM EDT

AKRON (WKBW) State officials are hosting a public forum Tuesday night to get input on the semi-controversial Common Core learning standards used by New York State, and the forum is expected to draw criticism from area parents.

The Common Core is a set of learning standards, not a curriculum, put in place across the country to increase the rigor of learning, after employers stated their high school graduate employees were not prepared enough and high remediation rates among students who entered college.

With harder standards came lower test scores, prompting parents to want more information and in some cases demand change.

A recent Siena poll shows that a majority of New Yorkers believe there is too much testing and that the Common Core is too demanding.

NYS Board of Regents Chancellor Bob Bennett tells Eyewitness News.

"I hope the parents learn more about the facts and what the intentions are of the learning standards and the law. Then maybe the confusion will not be confusion anymore. So this too much testing stuff is utter nonsense," NYS Board of Regents Chancellor Bob Bennett tells Eyewitness News.

Bennett says there has been no increase in amount of state standardized tests since the implementation of the Common Core in 2010.

As for the forum, he hopes it brings clarification on an issue that he says is working.

"Citizen involvement is always a good thing as long as it is based on fact. So in terms of teacher and principal evaluation, that's the State Legislature and the Governor issue. As far as the Common Core is concerned that's a Board of Regents issue. And we stand by the learning standards, we believe that kids can rise to the occasion and learn better and more and be prepared for college and careers."

The meeting is Tuesday night at Akron High School from 6-8pm.