There’s continued dissatisfaction over the state’s implementation of the new Common Core standards, which parents, students and teachers have complained has led to too much testing. There’s disagreement, though, in the state legislature over how to fix it.
Tales from medieval times tell us that water was stored in barrels for bathing. The male head of the household — most likely a farmer or tradesman — would bathe first. He would be followed by his wife and their many children, in order of their birth.
NYSUT VP Maria Neira, AQE's Billy Easton (at the podium), United University Professions Pres Fred Kowal, Albany Assemblywoman Patricia Fahy and others spoke about the need to slow down Common Core implementation and end dependency on high stakes testing.
Today is a nationwide “Day of Action” around issues plaguing public education. Teachers, parents, union leaders and even some school superintendents and board members in New York are clothed in blue to show their concern for what they see as an overemphasis on testing, an under-emphasis on state education funding, and inequitable spending between districts.
Education advocates in New York State have a full plate going into the next legislative session. Students in the United States ranked 36th among nations in mathematics, reading and science, according to the 2012 Programme for International Student Assessment. The test, given to half a million 15- and 16-year-olds worldwide every three years, is regarded as a leading survey of education systems a snapshot of the global state of education. Young people in Shanghai scored highest of all tested.
Is New York Governor Cuomo backing away from his support for the new Common Core curriculum in schools? In recent days, Cuomo seems to have cooled from his initial endorsement of the rapid transition to the adoption of the national education standards.
The North Country Alliance for Public Education recently hosted a forum on standardized tests on the Plattsburgh State campus to discuss the controversial Common Core requirements and the impact of testing on students, teachers and parents. The forum was held just days ahead of state education Commissioner John King’s visit to Plattsburgh tonight.
Common Core is a set of nationally developed standards adopted by 45 states and the District of Columbia, designed to align grade level cirricula across the states. It was adopted in New York, in part, to secure Race to the Top federal education funding. On Wednesday evening, state Commissioner of Education John King was in Plattsburgh, accompanied by Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch, for a panel discussion on Common Core.
Another Common Core forum is taking place tonight as parents and community members are invited to attend a gathering at Albany High.
Common Core is a national set of standards that most states, including New York, have adopted, establishing benchmarks for what students should know in math and English by the end of each grade, K through 12.
Education advocates across New York are calling for a ban on standardized testing in pre-K through second grade.
Michael Mulgrew, president of the United Federation of Teachers, kicked off a Thursday conference call to launch a statewide petition drive to stop expansion of standardized tests in children’s early years.
The petition comes as the union continues to call for a three-year moratorium on using tests aligned to the rigorous Common Core standards for “high stakes” decisions affecting teachers and students.