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November 30, 2013

Push has come to shove for area educators

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Currently, eighth-grade students who take accelerated math are required by the U.S. Department of Education to take both the Regents Algebra 1 exam and the grade 8 mathematics exam. The state Board of Regents has authorized the state education commissioner to ask for a waiver.

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The Oneonta Area for Public Education recently help sponsored a discussion on the Common Core and its implementation. The group is dedicated to informing the rural communities in and around Oneonta, about current education reforms and their impact on teachers, parents, students, children, and taxpayers, according to its website. Issues include high-stakes testing, excessive standardized testing, opting out of such tests, the Common Core, teacher evaluation, student data-sharing, scripted curriculum, modules, and many other education-related topics.

Despite a better than national average increase in state standardized tests, as measured by the National Assessment of Educational Progress, state Regents Chancellor Merryl H. Tisch said the results indicate more work is needed.

“We all share the same common goal: that every student in New York graduates college and career ready,” he said. “I’m encouraged by the progress I’ve seen in classrooms around the state and the hard work educators are doing to help their students succeed. But the NAEP results for New York students confirm what we already know: our students are not where they should be. There’s some growth, but scores are relatively flat and there is still an unacceptable achievement gap for minority students. The Board of Regents is committed to making sure New York students are leading the pack. There is still work to do. But last year New York’s Common Core assessments gave us a new baseline to work from. Our students deserve a world-class education that prepares them for life after high school. The Common Core will help our students get there.”

Mark Boshnack is a staff writer for The Daily Star. Contact him at mboshnack@thedailystar.com.

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