Ranzenhofer co-sponsors four bills to address issues concerning Common Core Learning Standards


State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer has announced today that he is a prime co-sponsor of four separate pieces of legislation in the State Senate– S.6006, S.6007, S.6008 and S.6009– to address issues concerning Common Core Learning Standards.


“I am pleased to announce my support for four legislative proposals to address the most serious concerns with the Regents Reform Agenda, particularly Common Core implementation, protecting student privacy and testing,” said Ranzenhofer.  “As the 2014 Legislative Session gets underway, I will be working with my colleagues in the State Senate and State Assembly to pass each of these bills.”


Senator Ranzenhofer has added his name as a prime co-sponsor of legislation to: 

  • Ban standardized testing for students in Pre-K through 2nd grade (“P-2” bill)
  • Require the State Education Commissioner to expedite a review of APPR plans solely to eliminate unnecessary student assessments (“Unnecessary Testing” bill)
  • Strengthen protection of personal information stored on the state-wide data portal, establish significant civil and criminal penalties for unauthorized disclosure, and create independent oversight within the State Education Department on matters related to privacy (Privacy bill)
  • Require the Commissioner to report on the effectiveness of common core state tests and require an independent audit to review and evaluate the common core testing program (Truth-In-Testing bill)


The Senate Education Committee conducted five public hearings to provide educational stakeholders an opportunity to share their assessment of the new common core learning standards.   A public hearing was held in Buffalo on October 16.  Senator Ranzenhofer is a member of the Education Committee.