State education commissioner discusses Common Core in Greece

Updated: 04/08/2014 5:24 PM
Created: 04/08/2014 4:28 PM WHEC.com

Parents upset over the implementation of Common Core and the policies for students who sit the tests out voiced their opinions to the New York State Education Department's top man. 

Commissioner John King appeared at Greece Odyssey Academy Tuesday. News10NBC asked him directly about policies for students who opt out of the state assessments. One parent said her daughter had to sit and stare, which involves sitting in the room with the test takers and doing nothing while others took the English Language Arts exam. 

John King, New York State Education Commissioner, said, “Attendance policies are set at the local level. If a student isn't participating in part of the academic program, the district decides what policies they will implement.”

The commissioner also said during Tuesday's meeting they knew change wouldn't come easy, but he still supports the purpose behind the tougher standards.

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