Last week, SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher announced that she will head a national group of college leaders, Higher Ed for Higher Standards, that will promote the Common Core standards across the country.
Chancellor Zimpher said:
“These standards are good for our students, our states, and our country. We must have students that are college- and career-ready in order for the United States to continue to compete and win in the 21st century global economy. This is a call to action, and I urge my colleagues in higher education to stand up and make their voices heard on Common Core.”
Later in the week, New York State United Teachers (NYSUT), the state’s largest teachers’ union, launched a campaign to push for changes to the teacher evaluation law in order to delay the impacts of Common Core testing. The legislature already passed a delay for students based on the argument that the rollout of the new standards was flawed. NYSUT argues that it is only fair to pass a moratorium for teachers as well. Watch NYSUT’s video here.
In a radio interview on Wednesday, Gov. Cuomo said that he is willing to adjust – but not delay – the implementation of teacher evaluations throughout the state.