Hit The Pause Button On Common Core

January 23, 2014

ALBANY, 01/23/14 -- State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I – Oneonta) today commented on New York State Education Commissioner Dr. John King’s appearance before the senate education committee in regard to the implementation of the Common Core Learning Standards and new state testing assessments:

“My message to Commissioner King is simple and direct – hit the pause button on Common Core. It’s the same message that parents, teachers, school administrators, and students have been sharing with me and it is the direction we need to take, not in a few months, but immediately.

“High-standards in our classrooms, helping our children achieve more, and graduating college and career-ready students are laudable ambitions. But where we are today, with the disastrous roll out of Common Core and other portions of the regents reform agenda is failing to realize those goals.”

“Community and parental buy-in, professional development for our teachers, a reduction in high-stakes testing, and better privacy protections in regard to data being collected, are all issues that can be addressed with additional time.

“Making these changes as we go is proving extremely disruptive and is hurting student achievement, the exact opposite of what we are trying to accomplish. There is nothing wrong with stepping back and taking the time to get it right.”