On Thursday, Gov. Cuomo issued a statement in which he criticized the State Education Department’s rollout of the Common Core standards and said he will ask for a “comprehensive review of the implementation of the Common Core Standards, curriculum, guidance and tests in order to address local concerns.”
Gov. Cuomo said:
“A growing chorus of experts have questioned the intelligence of SED’s Common Core program and objective educators across the state have found the implementation problematic, to say the least. The new Commissioner of Education has inherited this problem and I understand has been meeting with parents, educators and students, and has heard the same concerns. Recently, SED has made comments about organized efforts to have parents choose to opt out of standardized tests. While I understand the issue and SED’s valid concern, I sympathize with the frustration of the parents.
“We must have standards for New York’s students, but those standards will only work if people – especially parents – have faith in them and in their ability to educate our children. The current Common Core program does not do that. It must.”
The Governor said that he will ask a group made up of members of his past education reform commission, education experts, teachers, parents, new state Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia and state lawmakers to conduct this review, and to report back to him with recommendations that can be included in his State of the State address in January.