Public Forum Seeks Common Core Recommendations

11:49 PM, Nov 19, 2013   |    comments
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BUFFALO, NY -- Politicians sat before teachers, parents, principals and superintendents concerned.

It's one of several forums occurring throughout the state.

"We're going to try and put all the testimony we get once we're done with the forum -- we'll try to put all that together and make some sort of policy recommendations," Assemblymen Edward Ra said.

One recommendation came from the Amherst Middle School Principal Michael Cornell said.

"During the review and revision period, the amount of student assessment would dramatically be scaled back."

Cornell is calling for a moratorium in the form of a two year review and revised period.

Suggesting:

1) All state assessments are used as a program assessment only, not to evaluate student growth or teachers effectiveness.

2) State assessments for children in third grade and below would be eliminated

3) Tests are limited to one day each for math and ELA assessments.

"I also support limiting common core standards to a series of pilots," Principal Michael Cornell said."It will help us figure out the problems with Common Core.. Are a result of the standard themselves or a result of the implementations of the standards."

So that things can move forward

"Based on what we're hearing we will either put forth legislation or we will reach out to state ed or we will send letters out to our federal representatives," Assemblywoman Jane Corwin said.

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