Governorâ??s Common Core panel releases first list of recommended changes

The Common Core Implementation Panel revealed a series of recommendations on Monday to improve the implementation of the Common Core in New York.

The panel, created in early February by Governor Andrew Cuomo to combat some of the criticism with the Common Core education model, released its first set of recommendations to make the new testing implementation easier on students, parents and educators.

These recommendations are broken down into four parts:

-Protect students from inappropriate high-stakes testing

-Provide better support for parents and teachers

-Improve public trust in Common Core implementation

-Protect student privacy

To protect students from inappropriate high-stakes testing, the panel is proposing a ban on standardized â??bubble testsâ?? for children in pre-kindergarten through second grade. The panel also wants to protect students from high stakes based on unfair test results by ensuring the results of the tests in grades three through eight are not used against students and will not appear on their permanent records.

It also asks that higher pass scores for the Regents exams are phased in over a period of time, and that students with disabilities and English Language Learners be exempt from some testing.

To reduce the test burden in the classroom, the panel recommends that teachers be given certain times to work on test prep and standardized testing, but that the rest of the instructional time be used for teaching and learning.

To help parents and teachers learn the new standards, the panel is advising that more support networks be created for these groups. The panel wants parents to be treated as equals in the Common Core implementation by creating state-of-the-art online resources to show parents what the Common Core is and how they can help their children learn.

The panel says teachers need to receive better training about the new standards and more access to Common Core resources. The panel recommends bringing in trained professionals for teacher development, and also asks the state to complete unfinished Common Core modules and distribute them to teachers as soon as possible.

To get the public more involved in the Common Core implementation, the panel recommended the creation of an independent task force made up of parents, educators, legislators and community leaders to discuss future modifications to the curriculum and its implementation.

The full report and all the recommendations can be found here.