N.Y. governor's panel on Common Core proposes key fixes

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

An 11-member panel of educators, legislators, parents and experts is recommending changes to how New York implements Common Core by scuttling standardized testing earlier than the third grade, limiting time for test preparation and protecting student data by severing ties with "cloud" technology firm inBloom.

The recommendations disclosed Monday, made by a panel assembled by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, come on the heels of similar proposals released by the Board of Regents, and in response to parents and teachers who said they found the state's rollout of the standards adopted by 44 other states sloppy, rushed and heavy-handed.

"The flawed implementation of the Common Core curriculum has resulted in frustration, anxiety and confusion for children and parents," Cuomo said in a news release announcing the report. "It is in everyone's best interest to have high, real-world standards for learning and to support the Common Core curriculum, but we need to make sure that our students are not unfairly harmed by its implementation."

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