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NYS makes adjustments to Common Core implementation

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In a memo released today, the NYS Education Department announced that adjustments will be made to the implementation of the Common Core State Standards.

The memo notes that a Regents work group met to collect and reflect on feedback received in various venues. As a result, the work group "put together a series of strong adjustments that will help improve implementation without sacrificing the high standards we've set for our students," according to Board of Regents Chancellor Merryl H. Tisch.

Here are the major adjustments set forth in the memo:

  • The class of 2022 will be the first to face higher graduation requirements (i.e., Common Core-based Regents exams); this will be 12 years after the standards were adopted
  • There will be more flexibility for districts to reduce local testing used for teacher evaluations
  • An expedited review process will be put into place for districts to propose to amend their teacher evaluation plans
  • Local testing done in grades K-2 as part of teacher evaluations will be eliminated
  • A 1% cap will be placed on the amount of instructional time that can be spent on local assessments as part of the teacher evaluation process
  • PARCC assessments will be limited to field testing only in the 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 school years
  • An emergency regulation will be put into place that protects teachers and principals from unfair termination based on 2012-2013 or 2013-2014 testing data
  • The launch of data dashboards will be delayed

Click here for the Regents work group full report.

It is clear that the high expectations set for students remain. According to Commissioner John B. King, Jr., "every year, despite our state's many excellent districts and schools, 140,000 students leave high school without the skills they need for college and career success." Teachers across the state will continue to work towards implementing the more rigorous standards and better preparing students for life after high school. These adjustments, however, perhaps will provide the breathing room needed to do so most efficiently.

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