Task force: Common Core needs overhaul

Posted at 7:48 AM, Dec 11, 2015

A task force is recommending that the state overhaul and rename the Common Core learning standards, shorten the time spent testing students and delay plans to use the tests to grade teachers.

Cuomo announced the group's recommendations on Thursday.

Sam Radford, a Buffalo School parent and District Parent Coordinating Council president is one of 15 New Yorkers on the governor's Task Force. Over the past few months, he has been traveling across the state, speaking to parents, district leaders, and teachers gathering feedback.

"All across the state, we found that people did not feel it was implemented well," Radford said. "It was rushed. One of the recommendations was to go back, let's get it implemented correctly this time."

The group says New York should adopt new, high quality, and locally-driven standards.

"There's going to be a change to it becoming "New York Standards" it's a big part of moving forward. The Common Core Standards were a good base to work from but we wanted to make sure we met the needs of New York State students."

It is also calling for a reduction of over-testing to reduce anxiety.

"We called for in our recommendations is a reduction in the times for tests and the number of days for tests," Radford said.

All of these recommendations will be reviewed by the governor. He will be the one to make the final say on what happens with Common Core.




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