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Common Core forum highlights complaints
New York's education commissioner is not entertaining the notion of doing away with the new educational standards and methods implemented by the state last fall.
"We are committed to the Common Core," Commissioner John King told a group of about two hundred people at the end of the a forum Thursday night in Albany.
He had just heard dozens of people speak for two minutes each, most of them blasting new teaching materials and testing procedures that come at the same time teachers are subjected to performance standards based on students' performance. King said he heard concerns about areas where "adjustments" could be made but said his department is not backing away from the new system of education. The event was held at the Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School.
The format called for speakers to spend two minutes at the microphone and then five minutes were given to the commissioner to respond. The speakers included many teachers, parents, a superintendent, a student and a principal who said Common Core is not necessarily in New York to stay, suggesting if it were, the commissioner would not be on a tour of the state defending it.
Among the concerns expressed:
- Excessive testing
- Developmentally inappropriate assignments
- Students and parents see only test scores, not results.
- Too little play-based learning in K-3