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This was a task force created by Governor Cuomo to review the Common Core standards and their implementation in New York State. It included representatives from a variety of stakeholder groups. A UFT teacher sat on the task force as well as AFT President Randi Weingarten. See a full list of members and other information about the task force.
On Dec. 10, 2015, the task force issued a report that asserts the importance of...Read More >
The task force concluded that the Common Core standards and their implementation were flawed and that a new set of New York state standards needed to be created. It also recommended the creation of appropriate curriculum and assessments, and a transition period that would end in September, 2019. During the transition period, the task force recommended a state ban on using state-provided growth scores based on state standardized tests to evaluate teachers.
In all, the task force made 21 recommendations including:
- Adopt high-quality New York education standards with input from local districts, educators and parents through an open and transparent process;
- Modify early grade standards so they are age-appropriate; and
- Ensure that new standards accommodate flexibility that allows educators to meet the needs of unique student populations, including students with disabilities and English language learners. ...
Governor Cuomo said that he supported the recommendations.
In addition, the state Board of Regents adopted emergency regulations during its December meeting. The emergency regulations reflected many of the task force’s recommendations, including the recommendation on teacher evaluation. After an opportunity for public comment, the Regents will vote on adopting permanent regulations in February. The Regents also have a separate task force on these issues with a report due later in the...Read More >
What specific recommendation did the task force make regarding the use of Common Core assessments in teacher evaluation?
In Recommendation 21, the task force recognized that there must be a transition period before the new standards carry stakes. Here is what the report says:
Given the amount of work needed to get the new system right, the Task Force recommends that until the transition to a new system is complete, i.e. New York State-specific standards are fully developed along with corresponding curriculum and tests, State-administered standardized ELA and Mathematics assessments for grades three...Read More >
Posted Dec 16, 2015 | Category: Common Core changes | Rating:
Because the new regulations bar the inclusion of state-provided growth scores based on state standardized tests, teachers whose ratings include state-provided growth scores on those tests will require adjustments. Details are yet to be worked out.
If the regulations are passed as written, does that mean there will be no more student learning measures in teacher evaluation?
No, the use of student learning measures will continue to be part of teacher evaluation as required by state law. The locally determined measures will continue, but no state-provided growth scores from state standardized tests can be used. The UFT will be working on the details with the city DOE and will keep you informed.
According to the task force’s recommendations, the process of creating the new standards will include input from educators, parents, students and experts on issues such as special education, early childhood education, and English language learners.
Yes, annual state tests will still be given this year and in future years, as required by federal law. The state has already agreed that this year’s tests will be shorter than in previous years.
Did the task force recognize the special needs of English language learners, students with disabilities and children in the early grades with respect to the standards and the related tests?
Yes, the task force strongly criticized the impact of the Common Core implementation on these students and made multiple, detailed recommendations regarding the changes needed to both the standards and the assessments to address the needs of these students. For example, the task force recommended that standards for early childhood grades be adjusted to ensure that they are developmentally appropriate, that special education students should have the opportunity to be tested based on...Read More >
Posted Sep 17, 2015 | Category: Health Benefits | Rating:
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