The state Board of Regents voted Tuesday to delay Common Core graduation requirements for five years, but a change to the state’s teacher-evaluation system was tabled until April.
The 17-member board Tuesday adopted 18 changes to the state’s management of the Common Core, a tougher set of education standards first implemented in New York last year. Now, the class of 2022—this year’s fourth-graders—will be the first to face the Common Core requirements for graduation, rather than the class of 2017—this year’s ninth-graders.
The slate of changes were widely expected to be approved after a Regents subcommittee green-lighted them on Monday. But a proposal that would have allowed teachers to raise the issue of poor Common Core implementation in firing proceedings was set aside until April after Gov. Andrew Cuomo offered a harsh criticism of the plan.
“The recommendation does not require immediate action, and allowing for public comment will enhance public deliberations and understanding,” Regents Vice Chancellor Anthony Bottar said at the meeting.
The state’s implementation of the Common Core has been widely criticized by students, parents and teachers. The Board of Regents approved the changes after a lengthy round of public hearings took state Education Commissioner John King around the state, where he faced sharp criticism at each stop.
Cuomo has been critical of the Regents in recent weeks, blaming them for the troubled rollout of the education standards. In a radio interview Tuesday, he was critical of the proposed teacher evaluation change, calling it a “delay.”
“They said we’ll have a teacher evaluation system,” Cuomo said on public radio’s “The Capitol Pressroom”. “Well, we’re still waiting for a teacher evaluation system, and every year there’s another excuse and another problem.”