State lawmakers question Commissioner King on Common Core implementation
Lawmakers meet to discuss education (NEWS10 ABC)
ALBANY, N.Y. -- State lawmakers discussed Common Core in Albany
Members of the Assembly Minority Conference unveiled reform
proposals to the state's Common Core standards.
It's known as the Apple plan, and it comes as a result of concerns
raised during a five month, 11-stop statewide tour regarding the implementation
of Common Core.
"We heard hours and hours of testimony from parents and
teachers about their concerns and this report is a reflection of that
information and some revisions moving forward," said Assemblyman Edward
Some of the proposals in the plan include:
Stopping what they call
the rushed implementation of common core standards
Reducing over reliance
Changes in funding and
Meanwhile, senator after senator took turns grilling embattled
State Education Commissioner John King on how the common core has been
King has been criticized over the Common Core, new, tougher
standards, which were designed to boost student achievement. The questioning
was part of a hearing held by the state senate Standing Committee on Education.
Parents and educators say the system has been problematic, that
students have been left confused and frustrated. There's also been concern
regarding how it links test results to teacher evaluations.
King listened to all of
it and defended the Common Core. However, he admits that the new
standards have not been perfect and said that the Board of Regents continues to
review the matter and is open to making adjustments.
"This effort is really about how we get better at the things
that are required for success in the 21st century. How do we make sure students
have those skills? And part of what's challenging about that is that's its
different today than 20 or 30 years ago," he said.
He also explained that part of the problem has been
misinformation, in that many confuse the Common Core with testing and he
stressed they're not one in the same.
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