New York Approves 5 More Years of Common Core

After facing the heat from New York State Politicians, The Board of Regents has decided to give New York Public Schools five more years to completely execute the academic standards known as Common Core.

State Education officials made the choice to give public school teachers amnesty for two years from penalties related to the teacher evaluation system tied to testing and the new standards.

The board had been dealing with criticism since the rollout of the new standards in 2010. Gov. Cuomo had said that the call to suspend the Common Core tests was too early, and that lawmakers needed to wait until a “still to be named” panel addressed the issues.

 “We have listened to the concerns of parents and teachers,” said Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch. “These changes will help give principals, teachers, parents, and students the time to adjust.”

More than 40 states have adopted the more difficult Common Core standards, and they are being implemented in schools across the country. New York first dealt with the standards last year when they resulted in a gigantic drop in test scores.

Glenn Blain and Ben Chapman of New York Daily News reported that politicians, teachers, and advocates placed the blame on the state education department for not fully preparing the teachers and students.

The new plan put in place by the Regent’s gives high school students until 2022 to be fully held to the tougher standards. The previous deadline was 2017. The plan also includes a request to Gov. Cuomo for $525 million to help pay for teacher training on implementing the new standards.

Gov. Cuomo criticizes the plan due to it not holding teachers accountable for student performances on state exams for two years.

 “The time has come to seriously re-examine [the Board of Regents’] capacity and performance,” Cuomo seethed in a statement, adding: “The Regents’ response is … yet another in a long series of roadblocks to a much needed evaluation system.”

The change in plans comes days after Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and other legislative leaders addressed the issue, and asked that the “high stakes testing tied to the new standards” be delayed.

Legislators on both sides had threatened legislation that would delay the implementation of the new standards, they now both express support of the Regent’s new plan.

 “I think they’ve done by regulation what they can do,” said Silver. “Our concerns have always been the students and the parents and I think they’ve addressed that.”