Last week, the State Education Department (SED) announced the launch of an online survey on the state’s Common Core learning standards. SED is asking teachers, parents, students and members of the community to share their thoughts weigh in on the Common Core learning standards.
According to SED, the objectives of their review are to increase awareness and understanding of New York’s current standards in English Language Arts (ELA) and math that were adopted in 2011; and to gather “actionable feedback” as part of the department’s regular review process of the academic standards “with an eye toward continuous improvement.”
Participants who visit the department’s website can comment on each standard individually; the comment period will until Nov. 30. An advisory group will review the results and then make recommendations to the department.
In a letter to teachers, Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia encouraged teachers, administrators, school board members, parents, the business community and “anyone with an interest in the future of our schools” to participate in the survey. She wrote:
“It’s time for us to step back and assess where we are and where we should be going. You work with students every day. You know what’s working and what’s not. Your classrooms are the front line in our struggle to help our students aim higher.”