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Board of Regents Approves Changes to Common Core Implementation

The State Board of Regents approved 18 changes to the way the state is implementing the controversial Common Core Curriculum Tuesday.
 
One change delays when students would be held accountable to the harder tests, by five years, so that the class of 2022 would be the first students required to pass Common Core aligned exams in order to graduate. Another ends Common Core testing for grades K through 2.

Union officials say the recommendations don't go far enough in ensuring teachers aren't negatively evaluated due to Common Core testing of students. Education officials stress the curriculum itself will still be implemented in schools. 

"We're still going to expose the students to the Common Core standards and the curriculum. In some of the new areas in terms of the math and the social studies and science that have yet to migrate over to full Common Core curriculum, we'll take some time to make sure that it's done at a little bit slower pace," said Allen Buyck, District Superintendent for Broome-Tioga BOCES.

"Other than the K-2 testing and the graduation requirements it's business as usual. (Teachers) are still held to the high stakes. So are the students. It's not just the teachers, it's the students as well," said Catherine Farrell, Staff Director for the New York State Union of Teachers.

A proposal that would have allowed teachers to raise the issue of poor Common Core implementation in firing proceedings was set aside until April after Governor Andrew Cuomo offered a harsh criticism of the plan.

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