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Common Core Implementation Panel releases preliminary recommendations

ALBANY - The Common Core Implementation Panel, formed in early February unveiled a series of recommendations to immediately improve the implementation of Common Core in New York State.

The Common Core Implementation Panel recommends moving forward with a commitment to the Common Core coupled with immediate course corrections and sustained support designed to better serve students and parents and ensure the successful implementation of the Common Core standards.

The recommendations include protections for students, measures to provide better support for parents and teachers, improve the public's trust in Common Core implementation, and additional reforms to protect data privacy. The full report is available here.

"The flawed implementation of the Common Core curriculum has resulted in frustration, anxiety, and confusion for children and parents," Governor Andrew Cuomo said. "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. The recommendations released by the Common Core Implementation Panel today seek to achieve this goal. These recommendations would ensure that State Common Core test results in grades 3-8 will not appear on students' permanent records, reduce over-testing, and halt the State Education Department's data initiative with inBloom. The panel does not make any recommendation to halt or slow teacher evaluations. I will review these recommendations with the Senate and the Assembly."  

Since Common Core was first instituted in New York, concerns have been raised by parents, teachers, school administrators, and community leaders regarding the program’s implementation. A summary of the Panel’s recommendations:

  • Protect Students from Inappropriate High-Stakes Testing:
  • Provide Better Support for Parents and Teachers
  • Improve public trust in Common Core implementation  
  • Protect student privacy