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.
At a time when debate over the Common Core is front and center, pro-education groups are out with a new plan offering a roadmap for full-day universal prekindergarten in New York State.
The Center for Children’s Initiatives and the Campaign for Educational Equity have unveiled a statewide plan that offers a financial strategy that recognizes pre-K as an essential educational service, while providing a plan to phase in pre-K to the state's 3- and 4-year-olds over the next eight years.
New York State Education Commissioner John King Jr. told an audience of parents and teachers the state isn’t going to delay new Common Core learning reforms, but is open to "adjustments" going forward.
King spoke at forum in Albany, his first since an earlier series of planned appearances was cancelled after he was shouted down at a meeting in Poughkeepsie on Oct. 10.
For more than three hours, parents described how frustrated their children were over constant testing and inappropriate curriculum for their age.