Last Tuesday, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver called for a “minimum” two-year delay in the state’s use of Common Core test results for “high-stakes” decisions for teachers, principals and students. They said that given the concerns that have been raised over the state’s new curriculum, particularly in connection with the use of test data in teacher evaluations, it would be both “prudent” and “wise” to hold off on the use of the test results for now.
Later that day, the Senate’s co-leaders called for a Common Core moratorium as well. Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos said that the Common Core Learning Standards implementation has been “poorly executed.” He also said that if the Regents will not act on the issue, the Senate will.
Last Friday, Gov. Cuomo announced the appointment of a Common Core implementation panel, “which will undertake an immediate and comprehensive review of the rollout of the Common Core standards in New York State.” The panel includes:
- Stanley Litow, Vice President, IBM Corporate Citizenship and Corporate Affairs & President, IBM International Foundation (Chair)
- State Senator John Flanagan, Senate Education Committee Chair
- Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan, Assembly Education Committee Chair
- Linda Darling-Hammond, Stanford University Graduate School of Education
- Todd Hathaway, Teacher, East Aurora High School (Erie County)
- Alice Jackson-Jolley, Parent (Westchester County)
- Anne Kress, President, Monroe Community College
- Nick Lawrence, Teacher, East Bronx Academy for the Future (NYC)
- Delia Pompa, Senior Vice President of Programs, National Council of La Raza
- Charles Russo, Superintendent, East Moriches UFSD (Long Island)
- Dan Weisberg, EVP & General Counsel, The New Teacher Project