Last week, Gov. Cuomo announced the launch of a Common Core Task Force, which is charged with “comprehensively reviewing and making recommendations to overhaul the current Common Core system and the way we test our students.” The Governor called for a “total reboot” of the state’s system, citing an urgent need for change amid a growing protest movement.

The 15-member task force will complete its review and deliver its final recommendations by the end of 2015.  The task force will be led by former Citigroup Inc. chairman Richard Parsons.

The Governor charged the Task Force with:

  • reviewing and reforming the Common Core State Standards;
  • reviewing New York State’s curriculum guidance and resources;
  • developing a process to ensure tests fit curricula and standards;
  • examining the impact of the current moratorium on recording Common Core test scores on student records, and making a recommendation as to whether it should be extended;
  • examining how the State and local districts can reduce both the quantity and duration of student tests, and develop a plan whereby districts include parents in reviewing local tests being administered to analyze those tests’ purpose and usefulness; and
  • reviewing the quality of the tests to ensure competence and professionalism from the private company creating and supplying the tests.

The Governor also announced the launch of the Common Core Task Force website and a video discussing the task force.