Stanley Litow (pictured), IBM’s vice president for corporate citizenship and corporate affairs, will serve as chairman of the Common Core Implementation Panel, Cuomo said. Among others on the panel are Monroe Community College President Anne Kress and Alice Jackson-Jolley, a Westchester County parent, according to the governor’s office.
The committee, which also includes the chairs of the Legislature’s education committees, is tasked with making its recommendations before the end of the legislative session in June.
Cuomo announced the creation of the panel during his budget address in January, when he said the Board of Regents’ management of the more-challenging education standards has been “flawed.” The Common Core was first implemented in New York classrooms last school year.
“The Common Core standards are a critical part of transforming New York’s schools, and the failure to effectively implement them has led to confusion and frustration among students and their families,” Cuomo said in a statement. “I urge the members of this panel to work speedily in bringing forward a set of actionable recommendations to improve the implementation of the Common Core.”
Earlier this week, legislative leaders in both the Senate and Assembly called for a two-year moratorium on using Common Core-based test scores in teacher evaluations and student-placement decisions. The calls were backed by Sen. John Flanagan, R-Nassau County, and Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan, D-Queens, who were appointed to Cuomo’s panel by their respective houses.
But a Cuomo spokeswoman this week said talk of a moratorium is “premature” before the panel issues its advice.
Here’s the full list of panel members, via the governor’s office: