The New York State Assembly has introduced a bill designed to delay Common Core standards used for both student grading and teacher evaluation. The purpose of this legislation reads:
This legislation addresses concerns regarding the implementation of
the common core learning standards, the effect of the common core
aligned assessments on teachers, principals and students, as well as
protection of student data and information.
Part of the justification text states:
The implementation of the common core has caused significant
challenges that have strained our school districts, administrators,
teachers, parents and, most importantly, students. An indicator of
such challenges occurred in the spring of 2013 when student test
scores dropped significantly after taking the new Common Core aligned
assessments. Teachers and principals have noted that there were
inadequate, limited resources available to prepare them for the change
in curriculum and state assessments. Parents have stated that there
have been substantial increases in the amount of tests their children
are required to take. School administrators and parents have indicated
concerns with the Race to the Top requirements that have led to
personal student data being collected and sent to third party vendors.
This legislation will provide much needed adjustments relating to
common core implementation, teacher evaluations and student data
privacy to alleviate some of the strain experiences by our teachers,
school administrators and, most importantly, students.
The bill is expected to pass through the Assembly on Monday, but as yet does not have a Senate sponsor. However, Republicans and Democrats in the Senate both support a delay.
The bill would delay much of the Common Core testing, particularly for third through eighth grades, from being used in evaluating the performance of students and teachers for two years. After its first year last school year, Common Core testing led to a major drop in test results.
The legislation would order the state Education Department commissioner to look at ways to eliminate some testing and ban standardized tests in kindergarten through second grade.
The bill would also delay the implementation of an online-data portal to collect student information until July 2015. And it would give parents the right to opt out their students from participating in the portal, which has been met with skepticism about whether it would be secure.
The bill was introduced by Queens Democrat Cathy Nolan, and counters Cuomo and the Board of Regents’ efforts to address Common Core concerns.
Earlier this year, the Assembly minority introduced the APPLE Plan, which called for restrictions on the use of student data, equity for special education students, a revamp of the Education Department, and heightened teacher preparedness and involvement. The APPLE Plan was one option to help alleviate the issues developing with Common Core. The other option on the table was full repeal of the Common Core standards.