Gov. Andrew Cuomo will call Tuesday for a panel to review the implementation of the state’s controversial Common Core testing standards.
He will also press for a ban on standardized testing for students in kindergarten through 2nd grade, Cuomo’s administration confirmed.
Cuomo indicated Friday that he has concerns about the rollout of the new testing standards and has called on the Legislature to review the issue.
“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.
The Associated Press said the panel will include education experts and legislators will look at changes to the testing standards during the upcoming fiscal year, which starts April 1.
Legislators and state Education Commissioner John King have already said they will not support state testing of students in kindergarten through second grade, which has happened sporadically through the state through so-called bubble tests.
“Decisions about how to measure student progress in pre-K – grade 2 are made by local school districts,” King said in a statement Nov. 15. “However, we strongly recommend against the use of bubble tests or other traditional standardized tests and urge districts and their bargaining units to identify other ways to assess learning progress for these very young students.”
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 has been increasingly critical of Common Core, the federal program that is underway in 45 states. States have latitude on how the program is implemented, and local districts develop the curriculum based on state criteria.