Board of Regents vote to adjust the implementation of the new common core

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Updated: 2/10 6:39 pm

ALBANY, N.Y. – The State Board of Regents p-12 and higher education committees met Monday to review the rollout of the learning standards and make recommendations.

The Board heard 19 recommendations to make the Common Core Standards more efficient and easier to implement at the state and district level. Those recommendations were divided into six subsections: Common Core Standards, Professional Development, State Assessments, Local Assessments, Teacher and Principal Evaluation, and Curriculum.

A 15-2 vote by The State Board of Regents P-12 Education and Higher Education Committees adopted measures to adjust the implementation of the new common core. The vote by the subcommittee is to implement Monday's recommendations on both district and state levels. 

Governor Cuomo was critical of Monday morning's meeting saying in part "Today's recommendations are in a series of missteps by the Board of Regents that suggests the time has come to seriously re-examine its capacity and performance. These recommendations are simply too little, too late for our parents and students. "

On Tuesday, the full board will vote on the options that were presented at Monday's meeting.

Controversy has surrounded the Common Core standards since they were first instituted. Critics said the state rushed into implementing Common Core, and many school districts were not prepared for the curriculum changes.

Critics also think teachers should not be punished if students do poorly on Common Core assessment tests, and they question if the standards will improve students' achievement.

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced plans to designate a Common Core panel during his budget address in January. The panel is supposed to improve the implementation of the new curriculum. He announced the 11 members of the panel Friday.

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