State lawmakers question Commissioner King on Common Core implementation

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ALBANY, N.Y. -- State lawmakers discussed Common Core in Albany Thursday morning.

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 Ra.

Some of the proposals in the plan include:

Meanwhile, senator after senator took turns grilling embattled State Education Commissioner John King on how the common core has been implemented.

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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