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New Common Core could restore trust

December 31, 2015
Editorial , Lake Placid News

The Common Core Learning Standards will have a second chance to win over the people of New York. For the sake of current and future students statewide, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state Education Department can't fail this time.

The Cuomo-created Common Core Task Force released recommendations calling for an educational transformation in New York last week. Acquiring feedback from parents, educators and students, the task force suggests reduced testing time, separating assessments from teacher evaluations and utilizing local input will restore trust in New York's education system.

Inviting feedback from constituents and taking seriously the concerns of local educators will hopefully improve the state of New York schools. Questions remain, however, on how and when these changes will occur.

The initial implementation of the Common Core failed miserably, destroying trust among parents and students. Gov. Cuomo, often thought of as public enemy No. 1 in schools statewide, has recognized the confusion and anxiety created by the disastrous rollout.

While identifying the problem is a good - albeit delayed - first step, issuing a shiny press release only goes so far. He must take these recommendations and - with his education department - methodically implement a reformed Common Core.

The modified standards should take into account concerns about the appropriateness of grade-level curriculum and show how the new Common Core prepares students for life after high school.

Botched alterations would only make matters worse. Gov. Cuomo and company need to create a system that works and run with it or risk further angering the people of the Empire State.



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