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The leaders of both houses of the New York State legislature have called for a two year moratorium on the Common Core. The Governor has also expressed concern with the implementation. In addition the electeds shunned I Bloom – the data portal. The Board of Regents will hear a report from a Task Force on Monday.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Senate Co-Leaders Dean Skelos and Jeff Klein, and Senate Education Chair John Flanagan Call for Delay of Common Core and Sharing of Student Privacy Data
Senators Skelos, Klein and Flanagan issued the following statement:
We continue to support the goals of an improved education curriculum
that increases standards and ensures that students are college and career
However, after having spent months listening to parents, teachers,
administrators and educational professionals at public hearings conducted
throughout New York State, it is our belief that while the implementation
of Common Core Learning Standards may have been well intended, it has been
We continue to have grave concerns over this flawed roll-out. Unless
the Board of Regents acts to alleviate the concerns of parents, teachers
and other educators, we call on the Regents to delay the use of Common Core
tests for high-stakes decisions about teachers, principals and students for
a minimum of two years. During this time, SED should continue to develop
curricula aligned with higher standards and assist local school districts
in developing their own curricula so teachers can successfully implement
higher learning standards and help students reach their maximum potential.
In addition, students, parents, teachers, privacy experts and school
administrators have raised serious concerns about the ability of
unauthorized third-parties to access personally identifiable information
(PII) of students, teachers and principals that will be collected on the
state-wide Education Data Portal (EDP). Therefore, we reiterate our call
for the Regents to delay operation of the Education Data Portal for at
least one year.
In the end, our goal must continue to be the development of higher
learning standards in the best interest of our students and their futures.
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