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Common Core bills competing in Assembly

Rochester, N.Y. -- State lawmakers are expected to push the pause button in some fashion on further implementation of the Common Core curriculum.

There are two competing proposals in the state assembly. One bill, backed by Republicans, would delay testing through the 2016-17 school year.

The other bill, backed by Democrats, would not delay testing, but would keep the results of such tests from impacting the records or teacher and principal evaluations.

Parents said they simply want the new rigorous academic standards and tests based on them to be taught at a slower pace.

I dont feel like they had a clear plan, said Kristin Ashford, whose son attends School No. 42.

Across the state, only one-third of students grades three through eight scored in the proficient range in math and English exams under the new standards.

Just 5 percent of Rochester city students met or exceeded the proficiency standards.

We need to continue to move forward," Rochester City School District Superintendent Bolgen Vargas said. "It's extremely important to understand that nobody is against the standards."

The Republican bill would halt testing altogether.

The actual rollout and implementation has been an unmitigated disaster," said State Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb (R-Canandaigua). "We believe we need to put the brakes on before the next round of testing begins in April."

Aides for Assembly Democrats said their bill could be voted on by the end of the week or early next week. There is no timetable for the Republican bill, said Kolb.

The Republican bill has a senate sponsor whereas the Democratic bill does not.

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