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Topics in the News:
Common Core Learning Standards
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.
Press releases | February 10, 2014 >>
A working group of state Regents on Feb. 10 recommended multiple changes in the implementation of the Common Core Learning Standards statewide. Mulgrew said the recommendations did not solve the real problem with the Common Core rollout -- the lack of curriculum.
Press releases | February 7, 2014 >>
UFT President Michael Mulgrew applauded Governor Cuomo's appointment of an 11-member group to recommend changes to the flawed rollout of the Common Core standards.
UFT President Michael Mulgrew presented the union’s legislative priorities — including more direct school aid and a moratorium on high-stakes testing — to dozens of state legislators at an early-morning gathering in Albany on the day of the joint budget hearing on education.
New York State should put a moratorium on its use of Common Core test results until the state and city have made high-quality curricula available and teachers have been trained in how to use it, UFT President Michael Mulgrew testified to state lawmakers on Jan. 28.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo used his annual budget address on Jan. 21 to announce the creation of a state commission to fix the problems with the statewide implementation of the Common Core Learning Standards.
Press releases | February 4, 2014 >>
In response to state lawmakers' calls for a moratorium on high stakes attached to Common Core state tests, UFT President Michael Mulgrew issued a statement condemning the state's poorly handled rollout of the Common Core Learning Standards and his support for a time-out.
News | December 19, 2013 >>
The state hearings on the Common Core standards came to Manhattan on Dec. 12, drawing 200 parents, teachers and a handful of students to Spruce Street School to express their impassioned opinions on the topic to State Education Commissioner John King and members of the Board of Regents.
News stories | December 19, 2013 >>
At the UFT’s invitation, a group of city teachers has been gathering this fall to develop recommendations for better curriculum implementation in the new year.
News stories | November 14, 2013 >>
Common Core curricula that schools across the city have adopted this year at the behest of the Department of Education are not ready for prime time, according to exasperated teachers who have been trying to implement the new programs.
Editorial cartoons | November 14, 2013 >>