Common Core

1:01 pm
Sat November 16, 2013

Petition Calls For Testing Ban For State’s Youngest Students

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.

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New York News
3:05 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

New Plan for Universal Full-Day Pre-K in NYS

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.

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Hudson Valley News
2:51 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

NYS Education Forum To Be Held In Westchester Monday

New York state education officials Monday afternoon, October 28, will hold their second forum on Common Core standards. The forum is the only one scheduled for the Hudson Valley.

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New York News
8:03 am
Fri October 25, 2013

Parents, Teachers Oppose Common Core Reforms At Albany Forum

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.

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Capital Region News
1:12 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

PREVIEW : "Common Core" Forum Today In Albany

On again, off again: New York’s "Common Core" meetings have been rescheduled after State Education Commissioner John King was severely criticized for canceling the events after he encountered a hostile crowd of parents and teachers at a Poughkeepsie forum.  Many believe the curriculum was rolled out too quickly with little preparation for educators, students and parents. A large turnout is expected tonight at Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School in Albany. The forum will be moderated by Assemblywoman Patricia Fahy.

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Hudson Valley News
3:14 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

HV Assemblymembers Want Common Core-Linked Tests Redeveloped

Three New York state assemblymembers from the lower Hudson Valley are calling for the new Common Core-linked tests to be scrapped. They say the tests are unfair assessments and costly to school districts. The State Education Department disagrees.

Democratic Assemblymembers Tom Abinanti, David Buchwald, and Amy Paulin, all from Westchester County, penned a letter dated October 21 to the New York State Board of Regents chancellor. Here’s Paulin, from Scarsdale.

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New York News
12:39 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

Poughkeepsie Fiasco Fosters Call For Resignation

NYS education Commissioner John King in Poughkeepsie
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Striving to maintain an open dialog on Common Core, the state Education Department is reportedly working on developing a new format  for Commissioner John King's town hall-style discussions, which he cancelled after one in Poughkeepsie erupted in anger and frustration.  

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New York News
12:12 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

Poor Test Scores Loom Over New School Year

Tim Kremer

Students in New York will return to class with some rather gloomy test results hanging over the new school year. This summer, state education officials released statewide test results that showed a drop in the math and English scores for third through eighth graders as the new Common Core standards take hold. What does it mean for the schools? We spoke today to the executive director of the New York State School Boards Association, Tim Kremer.

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4:44 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

AP-NORC Poll: Parents Support Standardized Testing


A new poll finds Standardized Tests have support among parents as a useful way to track student progress and school quality.

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Commentary & Opinion
3:50 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

Tension Between The "Common Core” Education Standards And Fit Children

Last week’s big news included the release of New York students’ academic test performance.  The news was grim:  Statewide, less than a third of the students in third through eighth grade were proficient in math and English.  And in some areas, only a tiny fraction passed: On the reading exams, a mere 5.4 percent of Rochester students passed, 8.7 percent of Syracuse students passed and 11.5 percent of Buffalo students passed.  In New York City, 27 percent passed English and 30 percent passed math.

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