State to push back full Common Core Implementation

After facing censure and protests from some teachers and parents, the State Board of Regents has decided to push back the full implementation of the Common Core Standards.

The class of 2022 will
now be the first to face the new higher graduation requirements, 12 years after the adoption of the standards in 2010. That class of students will have to pass Common Core-based Regents exams at the college and career ready level.

In a press release from the New York State Education Deparment, embattled Education Commissioner John B. King, Jr said, "...The implementation of the higher standards has been uneven, and these changes will help strengthen the important work happening in schools throughout the state. As challenging as implementation has been, we have to remember one important fact: the old standards were not adequate. Every year, despite our state's many excellent districts and schools, 140,000 students leave high school without the skills they need for college and career success. We have to stay focused on giving all of our students the preparation they need to succeed after high school."

According to the state, it hasn't created any additional tests as part of Common Core implementation. All required state tests other than two high school social studies Regents exams
, including all grades 3-8 assessments and high school exams in English, Math, and Science
, are required by federal law.

According to the press release, the changes approved today will reduce local testing by:

â?¢Increasing flexibility for districts to reduce local testing used to inform teacher evaluation

â?¢Creating an expedited review process for districts that propose to amend their teacher evaluation plans to reduce local testing

â?¢Eliminating local traditional standardized tests for K-2 used to inform teacher evaluations (The State does not administer traditional standardized tests in K-2.)

â?¢Capping at 1% the instructional time that can be used for local assessments used to inform teacher evaluations (The federally required State assessments in grades 3-8 English Language Arts and Mathematics account for less than 1% of instructional time.)

For months, some parents and teachers across the state and here in Central New York have protested the implementation of the Common Core. Many object to what they say is too much standardized testing. Commissioner King has been met with very vocal protests as he toured the state to talk to New Yorkers about the Common Core.