Binghamton Superintendent In Favor of Common Core Delay
2/11/2014 (Updated 10:59:08 PM)
Binghamton School's Superintendent Marion Martinez is also emphasizing how important the changes in Common Core are for fair evaluations and job security for teachers.
Martinez says she's all in favor of the delay because the roll out of Common Core was done hastily to meet federal requirements and did not give states enough time to correct flaws in the program.
A huge flaw, she feels, is the linkage between student performance, and teacher performance.
"We're not delaying the implementation of the Common Core standards, so our professional development will go full steam ahead. the bid difference is that the growth scores will not be connected to the teachers' evaluation to determine continued employment. That's a biggie," said Martinez.
Martinez says it's unfair to blame teachers when students fail to meet new standards of a hastily-designed program.