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Common Core Learning Standards

Insight | February 4, 2016 >>

Nearly 5,000 teachers responded to the State Education Department’s invitation this past fall to weigh in on the Common Core Learning Standards. The standards, first rolled out in 2012, have provoked fierce controversy and the governor’s Common Core Task Force has now called for a thorough rewrite.

News stories | February 4, 2016 >>

The UFT on Jan. 15 launched a new TV ad urging New Yorkers to support revisions to the state’s learning standards proposed by Governor Cuomo’s Common Core task force, which also set in motion a four-year ban on the use of state growth scores to evaluate teachers.


Press releases | January 14, 2016 >>

The UFT launched a television ad campaign on Jan. 15 to urge New Yorkers to support the recommendations of Governor Cuomo’s Common Core Task Force, which was charged with reforming the current Common Core system.

News stories | January 7, 2016 >>

In a move that few would have predicted a year ago, the State Board of Regents on Dec. 14 voted nearly unanimously to eliminate state-provided growth scores based on state standardized test scores from teacher evaluations for four years.

News stories | January 7, 2016 >>

The results of a State Education Department survey that invited educators and parents to weigh in on the Common Core Learning Standards indicate that the standards for the early grades are in need of the greatest revision.

News stories | January 7, 2016 >>

Kishayna Hazlewood, a 3rd-grade teacher at PS 156 in Brownsville, said she "was able to bring the story of the child into the conversation" in her work on the Common Core task force convened by Governor Cuomo.


President's perspective | January 7, 2016 >>

The days of test and punish are over. After a disastrous experiment with the Common Core standards — implemented without proper curriculum or teacher training — New York now has a chance to get things right.

Op-Eds | December 14, 2015 >>

The days of test and punish are over. After a disastrous experiment with the Common Core standards — implemented without proper curriculum or teacher training — New York now has a chance to get things right.

News | December 10, 2015 >>

A Common Core task force convened by Gov. Andrew Cuomo released on Dec. 10 a report calling for a complete rewrite of state standards and related curriculum and tests.

Press releases | December 10, 2015 >>

Following President Obama's signing of the Every Student Succeeds Act and the release of Governor Cuomo's Common Core task force findings on Dec. 10, UFT President Michael Mulgrew sent an email to all DOE-employed members.

Research shows | December 3, 2015 >>

A nationwide drop in math performance this year on the National Assessment of Educational Progress exams spurred questions about whether the Common Core standards were to blame. A new study shows that the questions on the NAEP test actually aligned quite closely with new standards.

News stories | October 1, 2015 >>

The historic refusal by one in five New York State students to take state tests tied to the Common Core Learning Standards this spring has prompted elected leaders and state education officials to once again review the standards.

Press releases | September 28, 2015 >>

UFT President Michael Mulgrew issued a statement concerning the governor's Common Core task force. "We appreciate that the Governor has put together a task force to deal with the debacle that was the rollout of the Common Core standards," Mulgrew said.

Press releases | September 3, 2015 >>

Saying that “the current Common Core program in New York is not working,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Sept. 3 convened a “representative group” from a pre-existing education commission to conduct a “comprehensive review of the implementation of the Common Core Learning standards. UFT President Michael Mugrew said the union will be happy to work with the new group to help fix the problems.

Teacher to teacher | April 2, 2015 >>

Core Knowledge Language Arts, a Common Core-aligned ELA curriculum for elementary schools, has considerable strengths, though like all curricula, it’s not perfect out of the box.

News stories | September 4, 2014 >>

The scores of New York City students increased modestly in both math and English language arts on the latest state tests, released on Aug. 14, as the students became more familiar with the Common Core Learning Standards and their teachers worked hard with what materials and training they eventually got.

News stories | June 26, 2014 >>

Teachers rated Ineffective or Developing based on state Common Core tests this year or next will not face negative consequences, according to changes to the evaluation system agreed to by state Legislature and Gov. Andrew Cuomo on June 19 in the final hours of the legislative session.

News briefs | May 15, 2014 >>

International education giant Pearson has won a major Common Core contract.

Press releases | April 10, 2014 >>

In a speech at NYU on April 10, State Education Commissioner John King condemned the moratorium on the use of high-stakes testing for students and criticized the movement to extend the moratorium to teachers. He also announced three new initiatives regarding the Common Core. In response, UFT President Michael Mulgrew denounced King's flawed rollout of the Common Core and noted that the UFT has advocated for similar initiatives for several years.

News stories | March 6, 2014 >>

Amid a statewide furor over the flawed implementation of the Common Core Learning Standards, the State Assembly on Feb. 28 introduced a bill that would impose a two-year moratorium on attaching high-stakes consequences to the New York state tests for teachers and students.

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