The New York Common Core Task Force released its report reviewing the Common Core State Standards. The task force recommended Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) maintain “key instructional shifts set forth in the Common Core Standards” while revising parts that do not fit the needs of New York schools, educators, and other stakeholders.
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“Governor Cuomo’s task force assumes that a restart and a rebranding – plus a few tweaks – will cure what ails Common Core. It won’t. The main problem is not process but substance: specifically, the persistent scheme by an industrial-education complex to ditch the liberal learning that liberates individuals in favor of workforce development designed to meet governmental goals.”
“Why would the New York Common Core Task Force push for shoddy construction on a shaky foundation? They claim to be ‘building upon the foundation established by the Common Core Standards.’ Why would they want to build on such a rickety ‘foundation’ with standards that are incomplete, erroneous, and politically biased? If they really wanted a balanced, rigorous, and politically balanced set of academic standards they already exist. For example, the ACT organization has standards and tests that would fill this need.”
“Keeping Common Core is harmful to New York state students. The Nation’s Report Card showed declining test scores for New York students. The Common Core-aligned PARCC tests show only 31.3 percent of students are proficient in English and only 38.1 percent are proficient in mathematics. Instead of perpetuating a one-size-fits-all standards-based curriculum, it is time to open education to competition and myriad new options to meet the specific needs of each child’s learning style.”
“As one reads the document produced by the New York Common Core Task Force, it becomes clear that everyone got what they wanted: a blanket document that accounted for all the complaints about Common Core, with a slight nod toward the myth of local control and the reduction of time spent testing. As a document, it illustrates just why the nationalization of education is such a bad idea. As a set of policies, it will be a surprise if anything really changes.
“Until money follows the child to a vast new array of independent education providers, task forces and bureaucrats will continue to reshuffle the deck chairs on the school district Titanic.”
“Governor Cuomo had asked the Common Core Task Force for a ‘total reboot’ of New York’s education system. How much of that reboot the governor really wanted is an open question, but what he got back from the NYCCTF was just some nibbling around the edges. A Common Core by any other name is still Common Core.
“You can repackage and ‘revise’ the standards all you want, but in the end, they will still be Common Core. The task force could have swung for the fences and suggested truly radical and far-reaching reform to Cuomo, but instead it opted to just play small ball. While Cuomo and the task force will pretend they’ve actually made some meaningful reforms here, the parents and students of the Empire State will know the truth.”
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