Cuomo Task Force Signals Further Retreat From Common Core School Standards

11 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Common Core panel: 4-year moratorium on linking tests, evals.

ALBANY, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) — A task force is recommending that New York State overhaul and rename the Common Core learning standards, shorten the time spent testing students and delay plans to use the tests to grade teachers. Cuomo’s Common Core panel on Thursday recommended a four-year moratorium on tying teachers’ evaluations to students’ scores on standardized tests, a potential major policy switch for the state.

Minimizing student testing anxiety by reducing the number of test days and test questions and providing ongoing test transparency to parents, teachers and districts on test questions and student test scores. Earlier this year, tens of thousands of students across the state chose to opt out of both the English and Math exams, with parents calling the testing methods grueling and stressful. The state Common Core Task Force issued its final report Thursday afternoon, laying out 21 recommendations for how the state can tailor the oft-criticized education standards and improve the state’s standardized testing process. · Engaging New York educators – not a private corporation – to drive the review and creation of State standards-aligned tests in an open and transparent manner.

A total of 30.4 percent met standards in English, up from 28.4 percent last year, 1010 WINS’ Derricke Dennis reported in August. (TM and © Copyright 2015 CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries. Elia previewed other recommendations at the November Board of Regents meeting, but was told by the governor’s office that it didn’t want her to get out ahead of Cuomo’s task force recommendations. Also Thursday, President Barack Obama signed a new education law that eliminated a federal requirement that tied teacher evaluations to student performance on the statewide tests. Cuomo and the Legislature responded by inserting a measure into the budget that banned including students’ state test scores on transcripts through 2018 and prohibited using scores as the primary factor in decisions about promotion or placement.

Long Island has been a center of the boycott movement. “The task force heard clear and convincing evidence that the state needs to step back, review the standards for their age-appropriateness, and engage local stakeholders,” School Boards Executive Director Timothy Kremer said in a statement. “While this process plays out, we should remove any negative consequences tied to Common Core-aligned tests for students and educators.” In his State of the State speech in January, he derided the state’s evaluation system as “baloney,” because even though only about a third of students were reading or doing math at grade level, as measured by state tests, more than 95 percent of teachers were rated effective. Two people involved in making education policy said last month that the governor was pushing behind the scenes to eliminate the use of test scores in evaluations. Denerstein, the governor’s former counsel, wrote that it “would provide consistent and essential short-term protections for educators.” The Legislature passed the bill. The new Elementary and Secondary Education Act, which the United States Senate passed on Wednesday and President Obama signed on Thursday, does not require states to adopt teacher evaluation systems at all. “It’s been a historic day, as far as I’m concerned,” Michael Mulgrew, the president of the United Federation of Teachers, said, referring to the task force’s report and the president’s signing of the new law. “Today marks the end of the test-and-punish education ideology.” Although Mr.

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