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February 8, 2014

Area schools welcome Common Core review

Local opinions about Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s appointment Friday of a Common Core Implementation Panel were largely favorable.

The group was charged with undertaking an immediate and comprehensive review of the rollout of the state education standards. More than 40 states have implemented the Common Core curriculum as an effort to ensure nationwide that students were being taught similar material.

“The Common Core standards are a critical part of transforming New York’s schools, and the failure to effectively implement them has led to confusion and frustration among students and their families,” Cuomo said. “I urge the members of this panel to work speedily in bringing forward a set of actionable recommendations to improve the implementation of the Common Core.”

The panel, which includes national experts as well as state legislators, parents, educators, and business and community leaders, will deliver a set of recommendations before the end of the legislative session to improve the new curriculum’s implementation.

Since this year’s full rollout of standards in New York, there has been significant dialogue on the subject from parents, teachers, school administrators, and community leaders that has raised the issue of problems with the program’s implementation, according to a media release from Cuomo. While it is necessary in transforming the state’s education system, like any set of standards it must be properly administered in order to truly improve New York’s schools, he said.

“I welcome the governor’s involvement in this issue and the appointment of the implementation panel,” State Sen. James Seward, R-Milford said. “It underscores what I think is the general consensus that the implementation of the Common Core has been a disaster in most cases.”

Recently, leaders of branches of both houses of the state Legislature called for a two-year delay in testing and other aspects, which Seward echoed.

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