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Education leaders forge ahead on "Next Generation Standards" for students

September 12, 2017 08:05 PM

Education leaders New York’s Common Core standards were implemented under the Obama administration's education initiative "Race to the Top," which they say turned into "dash for the cash" to get the federal education money it promised. Education leaders argue that this led to the adoption of a new set of standards way too fast. 

Rochester area school leaders say the Common Core standards meant well but were rushed into schools which left New York’s school kids, and their teachers struggled to keep up with common core's demanding lesson plans and tough series of tests.

Sherry Johnson, of the Monroe County School Boards Association, says, “We have disrupted the system, over time, so many times that when someone says "why are we doing better?" Well, you can't keep disrupting the system and then also disrupt the funding and expect higher performance."

The "Next Generation Standards" approved yesterday by the State Board of Regents demand fewer days of testing, but also retool what's expected of the kids.

Debbie Jacket, a Rochester school teacher, says, “You don't raise the standards to a different grade level. You don't see it third-graders going to be doing work that previously our fifth-graders were doing."
 
Unlike common core, educators say the next generation standards come from lots of input from teachers and advocates across the state, Pittsford Teachers Union leader Jolene Dibrango says that process will continue and the standards will keep evolving based on what teachers experience in the classroom.

“I think it's important to have their voices at the table because they're the ones every day that will have to implement those standards, put them in the curriculum and then deliver instruction to our kids,” says Dibrango.

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