Education Commissioner to Hear From Public Again on Common Core

6:41 PM, Oct 24, 2013   |    comments
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By Joseph Spector, Albany Bureau Chief

ALBANY State Education Commissioner John King will meet the public Thursday to discuss controversial new testing standards after he abruptly canceled the first series of meetings when parents in Poughkeepsie berated him.

After the backlash from the cancellations earlier this month, King announced he would hold 16 forums to hear from the public about the Common Core standards, which requires new testing for students and teachers.

The first one is at 4 p.m. Thursday at an Albany middle school.

"I'm looking forward to the conversations and the opportunity to talk about how we can all work together to continuously improve student performance," King told reporters Tuesday.

The state also announced dates for some of the other forums. One will be held Monday in Westchester County; Nov. 7 in Rochester; Nov. 25 in the Southern Tier and Dec. 3 in Syracuse.

Three are scheduled on Long Island: Nov. 6, Nov. 13 and Dec. 9

The times and locations have not been released.

King on Tuesday released results of teacher testing, showing that 91.5 percent were deemed effective or highly effective.

King said he hopes the high scores will diffuse criticism of the testing and Common Core.

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