NY Gov. Cuomo blasts state’s top education officials over Common Core

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo during a news conference at the Capitol on Monday, Jan. 6, 2014, in Albany, N.Y. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo  (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo blasted the state’s top education officials on Monday, saying that efforts they plan to take to correct the state’s botched implementation of the Common Core State Standards was “too little, too late.”

Implementation of the standards and the rollout of aligned standardized tests has been a mess in New York, teachers have said they haven’t had time to absorb the new standards and teach new curriculum; the Core-aligned exams have had numerous  problems and education officials have failed to explain the initiative well to the public. Cuomo said last month he was convening a task force to figure out how to fix the Common Core implementation.

The New York State Regents, which set education policy for the state, didn’t wait for the task force and a subcommittee on Monday approved 19 changes that are expected to be accepted by the full panel. They include a six-year delay in when high school graduates have to fully meet new state targets to graduate; today’s third graders, who will graduate in 2022, will be the first class of students who must meet the targets, rather than today’s ninth graders.

Cuomo, a supporter of the standards, wasn’t impressed. He issued the following statement:

 

Albany, NY (February 10, 2014)

“Today’s recommendations are another in a series of missteps by the Board of Regents that suggests the time has come to seriously reexamine its capacity and performance. These recommendations are simply too little, too late for our parents and students.

“Common Core is the right goal and direction as it is vital that we have a real set of standards for our students and a meaningful teacher evaluation system. However, Common Core’s implementation in New York has been flawed and mismanaged from the start.

“As far as today’s recommendations are concerned, there is a difference between remedying the system for students and parents and using this situation as yet another excuse to stop the teacher evaluation process.

“The Regents’ response is to recommend delaying the teacher evaluation system and is yet another in a long series of roadblocks to a much needed evaluation system which the Regents had stalled putting in place for years.

“I have created a commission to thoroughly examine how we can address these issues. The commission has started its work and we should await their recommendations so that we can find a legislative solution this session to solve these problems.”

 

 

 

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Valerie Strauss covers education and runs The Answer Sheet blog.
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