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Assembly members plan to delay Common Core standards

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ALBANY, N.Y. – New York Assembly members say they have heard both sides of the Common Core argument and now they plan to introduce legislation that would delay the standard.

Assembly Democrats say that the bill would delay the use of the Common Core testing standards on students' grades. It would also stop those tests from being linked to teacher evaluations. Both standards would be pushed off for two years.

Common Core testing last year led to a major drop in scores, which left many parents, students and educators frustrated. Assemblywoman Cathy Nolan sponsored the bill.

"The speaker and the members of the assembly feel that we need to address the concerns of the people we've heard from throughout our districts and this bill is a working document to do that," said Cathy Nolan (D) Queens and Assembly Education Committee Chairwoman.

Parents, students, and educators have all said that they were not properly prepared and now the State Assembly is expected to intervene, introducing a bill that would delay its implementation.

Legislators from both sides of the aisle agree -- something needs to be done.

The bill would stop the upcoming standardized tests based on the Common Core from being tied to teacher evaluations, and prohibit school districts from solely using them to decide whether or not to promote a student to the next grade. That moratorium would be in place for two years.

It would also force the State Education Department Commissioner John King, who has been criticized for botching the implementation of Common Core, to look for ways to eliminate some of the testing and ban standardized tests in kindergarten through second grade.

Chancellor Tisch and Commissioner King released the following statement on the bill:

"The bill would enact several adjustments proposed by the Board of Regents report. And it would also support professional development activities that SED has provided since 2010. We hope the enacted budget will also reflect the Regents recommendation for a $125 million state investment in professional development for 2014-15.

"However, there are provisions of the bill that would violate federal statute and regulations. In addition, while we share the Assembly's commitment to student data privacy protection, there are ways to address this issue without jeopardizing the day-to-day operation of school districts. This proposal does not strike that balance. For example, scheduling bus routes would become virtually impossible without accurate student data. We look forward to working with the legislature on legislation that protects student privacy while allowing districts to provide transportation, academic, nutrition and other services.

"It is also important to note that the Board is currently seeking public comment on a thoughtful regulatory adjustment that would prevent unfair employment outcomes while continuing to conduct evaluations that include measures of student academic growth for all teachers."

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