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Common Core moratorium likely

Rochester, N.Y. --- It appears the New York State Assembly is prepared to consider a moratorium on the controversial Common Core curriculum and assessments in New York State is likely. 

Teachers, parents, students, and even lawmakers have criticized the implementation of the new educational curriculum and assessment program.  Testing began last year and prompted public protests in parts of the state.

13WHAM News has learned legislation in the New York State Assembly could call for a moratorium that runs through the 2014-2015 school year.  Common Core testing would still occur, but the tests taken during the moratorium would not impact students records or teacher and principal evaluations.

Just last week, in a visit to Rochester, Governor Andrew Cuomo blasted the implementation of Common Core.  The Governor urged the states Board of Regents that oversees the State Department of Education, and lawmakers to get something done about this situation.

I think the way they have implemented Common Core has failed utterly, there is massive confusion, massive anxiety, and massive chaos all across the state, Governor Cuomo said last week during his visit to Rochester.  I told the Legislature the beginning of this year we have to slow this down it's caused too much disruption and if the Board of Regents doesn't do it satisfactorily then we'll pass a law to slow it down because I'm with the parents.

A bill with the backing of New York State Assembly Democrats could be a significant movement toward a moratorium through the end of the next school year on the Common Core.

Members of the Board of Regents are appointed by the state legislature.  At this months meeting the Board of Regents affirmed its commitment to the Common Core Learning Standards but stated that no one is required to pass this Common Core exam until the students who first entered grade 9 in the 2013-2014 school year graduates in June 2017.

This week, a Siena College pool showed that 50-percent of New Yorkers support a 2 year long moratorium on Common Core, and rhetoric of the Governor and state leaders indicates a desire for a moratorium as well.

I think there is a real concern about whether this implementation was done appropriately, Assembly Majority Leader Joseph Morelle said when pressed by 13WHAM News. This is a major change in the way we do and provide education for children in the state and it has to be done.  When you make big changes like this, in my view, you have to do a very, very good job of making sure that in the classroom, teachers in the classroom are fully prepared for a major change of this kind, and I just dont believe weve had adequate time to make that transition.

As with any bill, debate among lawmakers could result in changes to whatever legislation is proposed.

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