Common Core bill could be voted on this week

Updated: 03/03/2014 5:35 PM
Created: 03/03/2014 5:24 PM WHEC.com
By: Lia Lando

Common Core learning standards say it's the one thing that has caused frustration among so many parents and teachers.

There were reports that the bill was supposed to be voted on Monday night in the state Assembly. But, Monday afternoon, we found out that won't happen today, but more likely Tuesday or Wednesday.

The Common Core standards are new goals for what children should learn from one grade to the next, focusing more on a writing intensive curriculum.     

The bill would delay much of the testing, especially for third through eight grades, from being used to evaluate students and teachers, putting the Common Core curriculum requirements on hold for the rest of this year and for 2015.     

After its first year, last school year, the Common Core testing resulted in a major drop in test results. Many teachers, parents and lawmakers say New York needs more time to make sure everybody is ready for the change.   

Assemblyman Joe Morelle, (D-Irondequoit) Majority Leader, said, "Until you have everyone invested in it, that you have not only people in the state education department, but teachers in the classroom ready to implement it and do it in a high quality way then I think frankly all the advantages of common core are not only taken away but you end up with some disadvantages."

Many teachers say they weren't given enough time to prepare students for what will be on the Common Core assessments and parents say the testing is too rigorous.

Many lawmakers agree it is important to make sure everyone is ready for this change or it won’t work.

The Board of Regents voted last month to delay the Common Core graduation requirements.

Governor Cuomo put together a Common Core review panel and is urging education officials and lawmakers to hold off on any changes until that panel reports back.     

Education officials say something needs to be done soon because another round of testing in schools is scheduled for April.

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