ALBANY, N.Y. - State lawmakers passed legislation Wednesday to delay the Common Core standards.
Assemblywoman Cathy Nolan sponsored the bill and says it's in response to the frustration she's heard from parents, students and educators regarding these new, tougher standards. 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 determine whether or not to promote a student to the next grade.
"Calm some of the fears and relieve some of the stress that's been all stirred up during this whole process," Republican Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin said. "It's not a perfect bill. It's a good step forward."
The bill would also push the State Education Department to look at ways to eliminate some of the standardized testing. However, McLaughlin said it doesn't go far enough and has co-sponsored an amendment that he says he'll introduce after the bill is voted on.
"That would address a lot of the issues that we're having in the classroom," he said. "The stress on the kids, the overheating; that type of thing."
The ammendment would recommend New York to opt out of the Common Core entirely, but that would mean the state could lose the over $700 million it received, so it was voted down.
The measure passed the Assembly 121-10 in an unofficial vote. The passage will delay the use of high stakes testing in making decision on student placements and teacher and principal effectiveness and to prohibit the State Education Department from sharing student data with certain outside vendors until July 1, 2015.
"Many of my colleagues as well as advocates, parents, and stakeholders have raised numerous concerns regarding the state's rollout of the Common Core," Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver said. "The future of our children is too important, which is why it is time to hit the pause button and allow educators to properly develop the Common Core so that everyone – teachers, parents, administrators, and most importantly students – fully understands and benefits from these new standards."
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