Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he hopes there will be some remedies to the troubled roll out of the Common Core testing program in New York during the legislative session.
Cuomo said he supports the teacher-evaluation process that was implemented in 2011, but he said the new testing standards, called Common Core, needs reform. He didn’t offer specifics, saying he doesn’t have direct control over the state Education Department.
“It has really raised concerns all across the board, and those are concerns that we are looking at, and I think we will be discussing this legislative session,” Cuomo said on “The Capitol Pressroom,” a public radio show.
Cuomo has supported tougher standards for teachers and schools, saying regularly that New York spends the most on education in the nation but is in middle of the pack in results.
Yet as concerns continue over the student testing, Cuomo offered support for Education Commissioner John King—but said changes will be needed to the program.
State lawmakers have called for a pause in the implementation.
“I think John King has done a good job, by and large. I think there are real questions that we have to deal with this session,” Cuomo said.
Asked if that means tepid support for the embattled commissioner, Cuomo said it wasn’t.
“I think he has done a good job. I support the job he has done. I think there are real issues, we talked about Common Core. There are real questions about Common Core,” Cuomo said.