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Local reaction to Governor Cuomo's Common Core panel recommendations

Created: 03/10/2014 11:23 PM WHEC.com
By: Lynette Adams

There is new information involving Common Core testing in New York State, and every parent and teacher out there will want to take a look.

Governor Cuomo's Common Core panel is recommending some changes it thinks will make Common Core successful for your children.

Here’s what it's suggesting when it comes to protecting students from inappropriate high-stakes testing.

Recommendations aimed at "teaching to the test" would limit the amount of class time that can be used for standardized testing and preparation.

The panel also wants to make sure results of English and math Common Core for grades 3 through 8 do not appear on a student's permanent record.

And finally, use instructional time will be for teaching and learning, not over testing.

The people we spoke with tonight seem to think the governor's panel is right on target with what parents are thinking and what is best for school children.

The governor created the panel early last month to look specifically at the implementation of Common Core. The panel included legislators, parents, educators, business and community leaders including Monroe Community College President, Dr. Anne Kress. Its charge was to come up with actionable recommendations.

Two of those Recommendations deal specifically with easing some of the pressure on students: 

Halting standardized testing for students under third grade, and protecting students from High stakes testing based on unfair tests results. It would ensure the results are not used against students and won't appear on their permanent records. Here's what we heard.

Gary Hardy, a parent of a Rochester City School student said, “I think once they get up to the fifth grade they need to be tested. Prior to that, they need to allow them to develop and grow up.”

Stephen Campbell, of Rochester said, “Testing isn’t the only way to essentially judge intelligence. There's a lot of other ways to do that, and I do say there is a thing as over testing.”

Nikeshia Triplett of Rochester said, they’re little, they’re kids they really don’t know about big testing and I don't think it's fair.  If they're going to do big testing like that they should start it in the 5th grade.”

Just last week the state assembly passed a measure that was somewhat similar to these recommendations. 

It would delay the implementation of some parts of Common Core. It would also prevent schools from using Common Core-based test scores in staff evaluations and student advancement for two years. 

That measure is in the state senate.

If you would like to read the report, you can go to this website:

http://www.governor.ny.gov/sites/default/files/Common_Core_Implementation_Panel_3-10-14.pdf





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