Report: New learning standards adopted in New York will likely be similar to Common Core

FOR RELEASE: July 19, 2016

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New learning standards being crafted for New York State are likely to be similar to the Common Core standards they will replace, according to a new research report from the New York State School Boards Association (NYSSBA).

The report, entitled "Replacing the Common Core: New name, same standards?" examines what happened when three states – Indiana, Oklahoma and South Carolina – repealed the Common Core Learning Standards and adopted their own state standards in English and math.

To date, those three states are the only ones that have replaced Common Core standards.

Independent observers cited in the NYSSBA report found that the new state standards adopted in Indiana and South Carolina were not substantially different from the Common Core. In Oklahoma, observers noted more significant differences, but also a number of similarities. And, while Louisiana has not yet formally adopted new standards, a state review is complete, and only about one-fifth of the new standards appear to differ from the Common Core.

"NYSSBA's examination of the paths recently traveled by other states can help ground our expectations and prepare us for the next steps forward in New York," said Executive Director Timothy G. Kremer.

Kremer noted that the similarities the revised standards in Indiana, South Carolina and Louisiana bear to Common Core standards, combined with the strong support expressed for Common Core standards in New York in a survey conducted by the State Education Department (SED) last year, suggest that changes in the Empire State also may be more a matter of refinement than radical revision.

State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia has said SED's online survey, conducted in October and November 2015, will help guide the development of New York's new standards. That survey found that 71 percent of the more than 15,000 people who responded were supportive of higher standards.

"The survey results suggest that whatever standards New York ends up with will probably not be dramatically different from the Common Core standards in place now," said Kremer. "However, involving stakeholders in making decisions and adopting the final standards is crucial to long-term success. This involvement in the review and adoption process should give New Yorkers greater confidence in the new standards than they had when the Common Core standards were introduced."

In November 2016, the New York Board of Regents is scheduled to act on a revised set of learning standards, according to SED. That schedule would allow curriculum modifications to begin in January 2017 and enable initial use of the new standards in the fall of 2017.

To read the report, visit NYSSBA's website at .



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