Teachers Express Concern With Common Core

Teachers in the Hudson Valley have recently expressed distaste for a major part of New York State’s Common Core program. Teachers have stated that the Annual Professional Performance Review is not doing what it was set up to, which was to make firing bad teachers easier for districts. Part the system, known as APPR, takes twenty percent of students’ test results, twenty percent of district assessments, and sixty percent teaching observations, and grades a teacher on how well their students are performing. According to Ken Mitchell, Superintendent of South Orangetown Schools, the state will have a hard time pushing Common Core as long as the evaluation process for both teachers and students is centered around testing results. Legislators in the Lower Hudson Valley have recently called for a two- year freeze on using tests to determine placement for students and teachers.

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