Gov. Cuomo announces Common Core task force

Posted at 2:58 PM, Sep 29, 2015

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has appointed a 15-person task force to review and make changes to the way the Common Core learning standards are implemented here in New York state.

Cuomo says he's directed the task force to "do a total reboot" of the system.

"Implementation of the Common Core just did not work," Cuomo said. "Like other people nationwide, our students, teachers, administrators, and parents are confused and anxious. The evidence of failure is everywhere."

The governor is also asking the task force to try and reduce both the quantity and the duration of student tests while making sure those tests and assessments fit with what students are learning in the classroom.

The task force is made up of educators, teachers, parents, State Education Department officials, teachers’ union officials, and bipartisan legislators from the Assembly and Senate.

Western New York will be represented by District Parent Coordinating Council President Sam Redford.

The task force announcement comes with the launch of a new website where parents and community members can weigh-in, share their stories, or submit ideas. 

The group is expected to deliver final recommendations by the end of the year.




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