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Bethlehem CSD holds Common Core meeting for parents

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Updated: 2/10 10:00 pm

BETHLEHEM, N.Y. –  In hopes of helping parents understand Common Core Standards in the classroom better, The Bethlehem School District is holding its second meeting on the issue.

Parents were able to hear directly from panel discussing the standards. They also learned from teachers discussing how they're implementing Common Core in the classroom.

Superintendent Thomas Douglas said the implementation has been difficult over the past year and a half and that's why he is pleased to see the Board of Regents finally taking a closer look at the issue, making their set of recommendations to remedy the problem.

One of the parents that packed into the Bethlehem Middle School auditorium was Stacy Ridgeway, who wanted to learn more about what all four of her children are learning in class.

"Challenging at first to accept something so different, but my daughter for example, in sixth grade understanding concepts more," said Ridgeway.

The new recommendation made by the Board of Regents on Monday had many teachers at the meeting talking.

"Impossible to have new curriculum and match state testing in year one," said Ridgeway.

Many say it's too soon to say how the recommendation will impact students in the classroom. However, Ridgeway is happy that the board is considering taking some of the burden off of teachers with scaling back standardized testing and by allowing teachers to raise a defense on poor student scores.

Superintendent Dr. Thomas Douglas also wants to keep the student's best interest in mind as the Board of Regents looks to delay the implementation.

"The interesting piece, I would caution about is there are a lot of districts that have been preparing for Common Core, that we want to be careful we are not whipsawing the students in interest of meeting certain concerns but those concerns are noted," explained Douglas.

During the informational meeting teachers presented videos and examples to help parents gain a better understanding of what their children are trying to grasp

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