Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced the launch of a Common Core task force, a group of education officials, teachers, parents, and state representatives from across New York, charged with reviewing and making recommendations to overhaul the state’s current test system.
The task force will complete its review, and deliver its final recommendations by the end of this year, Cuomo stated.
After criticizing the State Education Department’s rollout of the Common Core test standards earlier this month, the governor said he would assemble a task force from a previous education commission he employed, to review the program.
Former Citigroup chairman Richard Parsons, who also chaired a 2014 education commission for the governor, will lead the group. State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia, vice president of New York State United Teachers Catalina Fortino, and SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher will also be among the task force’s members.
According to the governor, the group has been charged with the following tasks:
- Reviewing and reforming the Common Core State Standards;
- Reviewing New York State’s curriculum guidance and resources;
- Developing a process to ensure tests fit curricula and standards;
- Examining the impact of the current moratorium on recording Common Core test scores on student records, and making a recommendation as to whether it should be extended;
- Examining how the state and local districts can reduce both the quantity and duration of student tests, and developing a plan whereby districts include parents in reviewing local tests being administered to analyze those tests’ purposefulness and usefulness; and
- Reviewing the quality of the tests to ensure competence and professionalism from the private company creating and supplying the tests.
In addition, Cuomo’s office said the task force has been directed to conduct its process as transparently as possible, and to solicit and consider input from regional advisory councils comprised of parents, teachers and educators across the state.
The state has launched the website ny.gov/CommonCoreTaskForce to allow visitors to submit comments and recommendations to the task force.
“It is time to overhaul the common core program and also the way we test our students,” the governor said in a video message on Youtube.
The task force’s report will be issued publicly by the end of the year.