Seward, Senate Education Committee Question New School Standards

October 02, 2013

SYRACUSE, 10/01/13 - State Senator James L. Seward (R/C/I--Oneonta) today, took part in a New York State Senate Education Committee hearing, "The Regents Reform Agenda: Assessing our Progress." This was the second in a series of four hearings being convened by the committee under State Senator John J. Flanagan (R/C/I-East Northport), chairman.

The hearings present an opportunity to review reforms embarked upon in 2010 by the New York State Board of Regents. The hearings also focus on several major issues confronting educators including state assessments, the implementation of common core state standards and the protection of student privacy.

During the hearing, Senator Seward had the opportunity to question Dr. John B. King, Jr. Commissioner of Education and President of the University of the State of New York.

"New state assessments and common core standards have generated a great deal of discussion and concern among school administrators, teachers, and parents. It is vital that we review and evaluate the effectiveness of these new measuring sticks to determine if they are truly providing our students with the tools they need to succeed in the classroom and in life," said Senator Seward.

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