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Delay in Common Core tests

Rochester, N.Y. - The outcry from parents concerned about the Common Core has been heard, and at a high level.

Tuesday, New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and a handful of lawmakers called on education officials to delay using the Common Core-aligned tests for high-stakes evaluations of teachers, principals or students.

We really want to know what's common about Common Core? Asked parent Fred Tanksley. Are we going to have the same resources as suburban schools when talking about Common Core? Because that's been one of the things we've been struggling with the most.

It was a topic at a Rochester School Board Common Core Committee meeting Tuesday night.

The meeting specifically focused on how the roll out of the states standards meets the needs of children in urban settings.

One of the areas of concern is cultural depth, historical accuracy, really making sure we have standards of excellence implementing curriculum and teacher approaches will really engage and meet our children's needs, RCSD Board of Education member Mary Adams said.

Vice President of the Monroe County Federation of Teachers, Sonia Basko said she's hoping a two year delay would allow time to evaluate if the standards are needed.

And hopes the delay will bring change.

Anything that allows teachers to slow down, understand whats being asked of them, help students feel comfortable with the new material, give everyone time to write curriculum, reorganize, understand whats happening would be welcoming by everybody, Basko said.

The Board of Regents said it has a group reviewing Common Core implementation and will make recommendations next week.

 
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