Last Thursday, Gov. Cuomo’s Common Core Task Force released its report and recommendations for action regarding the implementation of the Common Core Standards and related curriculum and tests in New York State. It includes 21 recommendations for changing the standards, including a temporary end to linking test results to teacher performance reviews and the adoption of “locally-driven” education standards
Other recommendations include establishing a transparent and open process by which New York standards are periodically reviewed by educators and content area experts; engaging New York educators to drive the review and creation of State standards-aligned tests; and minimizing student testing anxiety by reducing the number of test days and test questions and providing test transparency.
Gov. Cuomo said:
“The Common Core was supposed to ensure all of our children had the education they needed to be college and career-ready – but it actually caused confusion and anxiety. That ends now. Today, we will begin to transform our system into one that empowers parents, teachers and local districts and ensures high standards for all students.”