Parents reject speed of Common Core, test implementation
A new poll by New York State United Teachers shows a decisive number of parents say their kids haven't had enough time to prepare for standardized tests on New York state’s new Common Core learning standards.
NYSUT polled 400 parents about the new Common Core learning standards and upcoming standardized tests. Teachers say that students will be tested this month on material that has not yet been taught. State education policymakers acknowledge student test scores are expected to drop by as much as 30 percent.
The union says its poll results send a clear message to the State Education Department: 81 percent of parents say their children haven't had enough time to prepare for standardized tests and 78 percent believe this year’s tests should not count at all. NYSUT is calling for the state exams to be used only for program evaluation this year.