Common Core

New York News
12:39 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

Call To Delay Common Core Gains Traction

NYS Assemblymember Phil Steck.

The movement to put the brakes on the national education standards known as the Common Core is gaining momentum across New York State.

Some are calling for a one-year delay while others want a two-year hold on using Common Core-based tests to evaluate teachers and place students. And there are those on the fringe calling for more drastic measures including completely eliminating the tests or withdrawing New York entirely from the standards.

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New York News
5:27 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

New York Lawmakers Urge Common Core Delay

The leaders of the New York State legislature are urging the State Board of Regents to delay the effects of the new federal Common Core standards for at least another two years.

New York News
12:59 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

NY Teaching Policies Graded "B-" In National Report

Credit National Council on Teacher Equality

A new report from a national advocacy group gives New York improved grades for policies that support effective teaching.

The Washington, D.C.-based National Council on Teacher Quality has released its seventh annual State Teacher Policy Yearbook, which includes a 360-degree analysis of every state law, rule and regulation that shapes the effectiveness of the teaching profession in New York.

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New York News
6:10 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Education Budget Hearing Turns Into Complaint Session Against Common Core

  The New York State Education Commissioner testified at a legislative budget hearing, where he once again heard complaints from concerned lawmakers on the fast track adoption of the new national Common Core standards.

Lawmakers, calling the roll out of Common Core  a “nightmare” and a “mistake,"  grilled  State Education Commissioner John King and asked for more time for the adoption of the new federal standards.

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New York News
6:10 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Lawmakers Differ Over Common Core Fix

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.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:50 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

Richard Iannuzzi: As to Babies and Bathwater

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.

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New York News
3:05 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

"Blue Monday" for NY Public Education

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.
Credit AQE

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.

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New York News
12:56 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

NY Education, PISA And Common Core

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.

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New York News
6:12 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Cuomo Appears To Distance Himself From Common Core

Gov. Cuomo

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.

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New York News
7:00 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Standardized Test Forum Held

Our Children are More Than a Score Forum
Credit WAMC/Pat Bradley

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.

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