Is Governor Cuomo backing away from his support for the new Common Core curriculum in schools? In recent days, Cuomo seems to have cooled from his initial endorsement of the rapid transition to the adoption of the national education standards.
Everywhere Governor Cuomo goes these days, he’s dogged by questions from reporters about what’s widely perceived as a rocky start up of New York State’s adoption of the new national Common Core standards for school children.
Cuomo was asked essentially the same question in recent days in stops from Buffalo, to Lake Placid.
The state’s Education Commissioner, John King, faced a bi-partisan grilling by liberal and conservative Assemblymembers at a hearing on growing concerns over student privacy.
As part of the conversion to the national Common Core standards, school districts in New York are required to place more student records, transcripts, and even behavioral information like absences and suspensions in online data bases. The data collection is in many cases run by a private vendor, not the local school or the state education department.
A coalition of unions and government reform groups are calling for a ban on standardized testing for New York’s school children in second grade and younger.
In a teleconference, United Federation of Teachers President Michael Mulgrew said it’s “absurd” that the groups are even in the position of calling for a ban on standardized testing for children in pre-kindergarten through the second grade. Mulgrew and others say that the tests are inappropriate for four to seven year olds, and should never have been implemented in the first place.
New York State’s Teacher of the Year testified at a Senate hearing that even she could not receive high marks in her teacher evaluation process, due to what she and others say is the dysfunctional implementation of the new Common Core standards.
Kathleen Ferguson, the New York State Teacher of the year, was also the teacher of the year in her school district, and has won several awards for excellence in teaching.