Cuomo Announces Common Core Task Force

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced on Monday that his office created a task force to look into and make changes to Common Core. The Governor stated that the fifteen person board will be headed by Richard Parsons, a senior equity advisor for Providence Equity Partners, and made up of parents, educators, and legislators, as well as members of the original education reform commission that designed the controversial curriculum. On Cuomo’s website he states, “The state’s learning standards must be strong, sensible, and fair, and parents and teachers should be able to have faith in those standards. This task force will ensure that this becomes the reality.” The task force will be in charge of submitting a report, expected some time near the end of the year, based on their findings in test standards, how well test fit into the curriculum, the impact of test results on student records, the quality of tests, and the possibility of reducing the amount of tests students are required to take and their length. Over the last year $200,000 students opted out of taking the standardized Common Core tests after the teachers union used the opt out movement to express their disagreement with the curriculum’s effects on children and teachers.

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