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NY Assembly votes to delay Common Core assessment consequences

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In a 121-10 vote, New York State Assembly members passed legislation to delay, for two years, the use of Common Core assessment results in teacher and principal evaluations, Speaker Sheldon Silver announced in a March 5 press release. The legislation also bans schools from using state test results for the school years 2013-14 and 2014-15 to determine student placement.

"The future of our children is too important, which is why it is time to hit the pause button and allow educators to properly develop the Common Core so that everyone - teachers, parents, administrators, and most importantly students - fully understands and benefits from these new standards." —Speaker Sheldon Silver

Teacher Annual Professional Performance Reviews incorporate standardized test scores as one factor in a teacher’s effectiveness score.

New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) has been calling for a moratorium on the use of state assessments for high-stakes consequences following the roll out of the new Common Core assessments last spring. Test results released in August 2013 showed a drop in test scores, which educators attribute to a lack of time, materials and funding for test preparation.

NYSUT President Richard C. Iannuzzi, in a March 6 media release, says, “This two-year moratorium will provide a real opportunity for educators and parents to decide whether Common Core testing or, in fact, the Common Core is right for New York state."

The bill also prohibits the State Department of Education from sharing student information with a third party vendor through July 1, 2015. This provision addresses concerns that the state’s plan to partner with InBloom for data storage and platform service could compromise the privacy of student records.

The legislation has been sent to the State Senate.