Common Core takes a hit: N.Y. Gov. Cuomo’s task force recommends overhaul

Dec 11, 2015 by

Gov. Cuomo’s task force calls for change in standards and testing.

The Common Core initiative just took a hit in New York state: A task force created by Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) to review the curriculum and aligned standardized testing is recommending a total overhaul, saying that there were big mistakes in its implementation and that some of the early childhood standards are inappropriate.

The report released Thursday recommends a thorough review and suggests that a transition period last until the start of the 2019-2020 school year, when a new system is supposed to be implemented. Until then, it recommends, test scores obtained from Common Core standardized testing should no longer be used to evaluate “the performance of specific teachers or students.”

In New York state, up to 50 percent of a teacher’s evaluation has depended on student standardized test scores in an assessment system that many have said was haphazardly designed. It created situations in which teachers were evaluated by the test scores of students they didn’t have in class and in subjects the teachers didn’t teach. For example, an art teacher could be evaluated by student math scores.

Source: Common Core takes a hit: N.Y. Gov. Cuomo’s task force recommends overhaul – The Washington Post

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