Common Core panel member Dr. Anne Kress speaks out about new recommendations to program

Created: 03/11/2014 11:01 PM WHEC.com
By: Janet Lomax

New recommendations are out from an eleven member panel set up by Governor Cuomo to look at the controversial program. News10NBC is hearing from one of the panel members, Monroe Community College President Dr. Anne Kress. 

First of all, the panel is committed to Common Core and recommends moving forward with it. But, members like Dr. Anne Kress believe there are some changes that are necessary to benefit students and parents.

Here are those recommendations:

Protect students from inappropriate high-stakes testing, including a ban on standardized bubble tests for students in grades Pre-K through 2nd. Results of English and Math Common Core testing for grades 3-8 will not be used on their permanent records and instructional time should be used for teaching and learning, not over-testing.

Another recommendation is to provide better support for parents and teachers. Teachers should get the training they need and have access to Common Core curriculum quicker. Parents should be treated as partners in the process.

The panel also recommends improving public trust. The panel also recommends cutting ties with the nonprofit group, Inbloom, citing privacy issues.  Inbloom, based in Atlanta, was creating a statewide education data base using student’s names, addresses and grades.

One of Dr. Kress' fellow panel members is criticizing the report. East Aurora teacher Todd Hathaway says his name is attached, but his concerns about student testing and teacher evaluation issues were ignored. 

News10NBC spoke with a local parent, Marie Little, who is against Common Core. She said "the panel wasn't interested in the heart of the matter, the standards themselves." Governor Cuomo will review the report with state lawmakers.

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