Albany (WALK) - In response to heated criticism from teachers, parents and lawmakers, state education officials are about to make changes to a controversial new curriculum and the high-stakes testing that goes along with it.
The Board of Regents is expected to vote today to give public schools five more years to fully implement the tough new Common Core curriculum. They'll also give teachers two years' amnesty from being evaluated based on Common Core test results.
The changes were made after a series of public forums statewide revealed anger and apprehension about the new curriculum, especially from teachers. State education officials have been blamed for ruining the rollout of the harder standards by failing to prepare teachers and students.
Despite the changes, state education officials say they continue to support the new Common Core standards, because they will reduce college drop-out rates and better prepare students for modern careers that are more science- and math-oriented.
Governor Cuomo isn't pleased about the delay in teacher evaluations based on Common Core test results, which effectively guts a key part of the state's controversial new teacher evaluation system. In a statement, the governor calls it "yet another in a long series of roadblocks to a much needed evaluation system, which the Regents has stalled putting in place for years."
Governor Cuomo is awaiting a report from a commission he created to address concerns about Common Core.
Specifically, the curriculum changes announced yesterday include allowing schools until 2022 before high school students will be held to the harder standards, rather than the previous deadline of 2017. The Board of Regents is also asking Cuomo for $525 million to pay for training to help teachers implement the new standards.