From The Journal News’ Gary Stern comes this report on the state Board of Regents meeting Monday:
A state Board of Regents committee on Monday adopted a slate of revisions to New York’s Common Core rollout, including making this year’s fourth-graders the first class to have to fully meet new state standards.
If approved by the full board Tuesday, students will not need to hit new state targets on Common Core-based Regents tests in high school to graduate until 2022. Before then, students would still take the new tests, but will be able to graduate with lower scores.
Previously, this year’s ninth-graders were to be the first to have to hit new state targets on the tests.
The group also offered a proposal that might alleviate teachers’ concerns about the state’s new evaluation system. Teachers who risk being fired because they receive “ineffective” ratings due to student test scores will be allowed to mount a defense based on being poorly prepared by their district.
Education Commissioner John King (pictured) also said that the state will delay sending identifiable student data—with names and addresses—to third-party vendors like inBloom until officials can work out privacy concerns with legislators.
Several Regents, including Chancellor Merryl Tisch, said the 19 changes represent a genuine attempt to address the many concerns expressed by parents and educators about the implementation of the state’s reforms.
The changes were recommended by a six-Regent committee appointed by Tisch in December to review the many criticisms of the state’s programs.
The Regents also recommended:
- To tell school districts that if they use standardized tests to determine student placements, students should not be penalized because of the transition to the Common Core.
- To seek a federal waiver so that newly arrived English-language learners can take a language-acquisition test rather than the Common Core-based ELA test.
- To clarify that students who get a “2” on a state test need extra help but should not be considered to have failed.
- Give districts flexibility to reduce testing time for teacher evaluations.
- Develop new curricular materials to help students with disabilities and those with limited English.
- To ask the National Governors Association, which spurred creation of the Common Core, to establish a system to review and update the standards.