State Assembly passes bill addressing Common Core

Updated: 03/05/2014 11:24 PM
Created: 03/05/2014 6:56 PM WHEC.com
By: Lynette Adams

The State Assembly has passed a bill dealing with Common Core.

Many parents and educators not happy with the way tougher student standards were implemented in New York.

This bill passed overwhelmingly in the State Assembly, 117 to 10. If the measures pass, the Senate it could have a profound impact on teachers, families, and school district leaders across the state, like those in our area.

The bill, sponsored by Assembly Majority Leader Joe Morelle, would prevent schools from using Common Core-based test scores on staff evaluations for two years, and prevents schools from solely using those test scores to decide whether a student will advance to the next grade.

This could be viewed as is a victory for proponents of Common Core. Many teachers have complained they have not been adequately prepared to teach students the material they will need to be successful on the new state assessments.

Some parents have gone so far as to boycott the state tests by pulling their children out of school during state exams.

News10NBC spoke to parents about Wednesday night’s vote.

“It's not something that can just be pushed through. It’s something that has to be done with proper planning, and they’ve got to take into consideration teachers’ needs, the demands on the teachers, the demands on the students, and it's something that needs to take time,” said Erik Piazza, Penfield resident.

“They need to perform to the next level to be ready for college and the workforce,” said Natalie Bruneau, Penfield resident.

“So it sounds like you are saying we don't have time to wait,” said News10NBC’s Lynette Adams.

“Right, we don't have time to wait,” said Bruneau.

“It's more important to me to see that my child graduates and goes on to college, rather than being a statistic in the system. The Common Core thing is a waste of time,” said Michael Pardee III, Penfield resident

“I think they just need a lot more time to make sure what they're implementing is right for our kids,” said Maureen, Penfield resident.

This is just one step in the process. The measure was immediately sent to the State Senate for a vote. However, it has no Senate sponsor, so it's future is uncertain.

Wednesday night Assembly Republicans did try to amend the bill to establish a panel to determine if the testing standards should be used at all, but that was nixed when Democrats said that would jeopardize federal education dollars.

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