BETHLEHEM, N.Y. – In hopes
of helping parents understand Common Core Standards in the classroom better,
The Bethlehem School District is holding its second meeting on the issue.
Parents were able to hear directly from panel discussing the
standards. They also learned from teachers discussing how they're implementing
Common Core in the classroom.
Superintendent Thomas Douglas said the implementation has been
difficult over the past year and a half and that's why he is pleased to see the
Board of Regents finally taking a closer look at the issue, making their set of
recommendations to remedy the problem.
One of the parents that packed into the Bethlehem Middle School
auditorium was Stacy Ridgeway, who wanted to learn more about what all four of
her children are learning in class.
"Challenging at first to accept something so different, but my
daughter for example, in sixth grade understanding concepts more," said
The new recommendation made by the Board of Regents on Monday had
many teachers at the meeting talking.
"Impossible to have new curriculum and match state testing in year
one," said Ridgeway.
Many say it's too soon to say how the recommendation will impact
students in the classroom. However, Ridgeway is happy that the board is
considering taking some of the burden off of teachers with scaling back
standardized testing and by allowing teachers to raise a defense on poor
Superintendent Dr. Thomas Douglas also wants to keep the student's
best interest in mind as the Board of Regents looks to delay the
"The interesting piece, I would caution about is there are a
lot of districts that have been preparing for Common Core, that we want to be
careful we are not whipsawing the students in interest of meeting certain
concerns but those concerns are noted," explained Douglas.
During the informational meeting teachers presented videos and examples to
help parents gain a better understanding of what their children are trying to
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