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Cuomo Says Implementation of Common Core Standards “Deeply Flawed”

By Staff

cuomoprimaryUpdate: New York State Education Department Commissioner MaryEllen Elia has released the following statement in response to Gov. Cuomo’s recent criticism of NYSED’s Common Core standards rollout, and call for a review of the program:

“Immediately upon being named commissioner of education earlier this summer, I began traveling the state to meet with and listen to parents, teachers, principals, superintendents and the public about the ways we can improve the education our children receive. At every one of those meetings, I have stressed the need for high standards for all students. I have also stressed the need to review the state’s learning standards – not only because the law requires me to undertake such a review, but also because it’s the right thing to do for our students. I look forward to receiving input from the governor’s education commission as we continue this critical review of our learning standards.”

Gov. Andrew Cuomo released a statement Sept. 3, saying the state’s implementation of Common Core standards has been “deeply flawed.”

The governor said he will ask a representative group, from a previous education commission he employed, to review the program.

“A growing chorus of experts have questioned the intelligence of SED’s Common Core program, and objective educators across the state have found the implementation problematic, to say the least,” Cuomo stated. “The new commissioner of education has inherited this problem, and I understand has been meeting with parents, educators and students, and has heard the same concerns. Recently, SED has made comments about organized efforts to have parents choose to opt-out of standardized tests. While I understand the issue, and SED’s valid concern, I sympathize with the frustration of the parents.”

“We must have standards for New York’s students, but those standards will only work if people – especially parents – have faith in them, and in their ability to educate our children. The current Common Core program does not do that. It must.”

Cuomo’s announcement has come in the wake of thousand of students, and their parents, across the state choosing to opt-out of state tests during the last school year.

The governor said he will ask the group to review the Common Program in time for his State of the State Address in January.

Cuomo’s full statement is below:

“There has been an ongoing discussion about Common Core Standards nationwide, and in this state as well. I have said repeatedly my position is that while I agree with the goal of Common Core Standards, I believe the implementation by the State Education Department (SED) has been deeply flawed. The more time goes on, the more I am convinced of this position.”

“A growing chorus of experts have questioned the intelligence of SED’s Common Core program and objective educators across the state have found the implementation problematic, to say the least. The new Commissioner of Education has inherited this problem and I understand has been meeting with parents, educators and students, and has heard the same concerns. Recently, SED has made comments about organized efforts to have parents choose to opt out of standardized tests. While I understand the issue and SED’s valid concern, I sympathize with the frustration of the parents.”

“We must have standards for New York’s students, but those standards will only work if people – especially parents – have faith in them and in their ability to educate our children. The current Common Core program does not do that. It must.”

“The fact is that the current Common Core program in New York is not working, and must be fixed. To that end, the time has come for a comprehensive review of the implementation of the Common Core Standards, curriculum, guidance and tests in order to address local concerns. I am taking this action not because I don’t believe in standards, but because I do.”

“In the past, I employed an Education Commission to make substantive, unbiased recommendations on reforms to our education system. It has worked very well. I will ask a representative group from that Commission, including education experts, teachers, parents, the Commissioner of Education and legislative representatives to review the issues raised above and provide recommendations in time for my State of the State Address in January.”