Statement of NYSSBA Executive Director Timothy G. Kremer on the Common Core Task Force Report
FOR RELEASE: December 10, 2015
Governor Cuomo’s Common Core Task Force has made several sensible recommendations that will help restore trust and confidence in New York’s public education system.
The Task Force heard clear and convincing evidence that the state needs to step back, review the standards for their age-appropriateness, and engage local stakeholders. While this process plays out, we should remove any negative consequences tied to Common Core-aligned tests for students and educators.
Importantly, the report does not retreat from high academic standards, but does acknowledge that curriculum decisions rightfully belong at the local level.
Should lawmakers enact these recommendations, school boards will have considerable work ahead in implementing what will likely be a new evaluation system for educators.
The Task Force report, taken together with recent Congressional passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act, represents a much-needed scaling back of federal and state involvement in local school board decision-making.