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Delays for Common Core gain momentum

Rochester, N.Y. State lawmakers in the Assembly have approved a bill that delays some of the effects of the tougher assessments based on Common Core standards.

This change is now halfway complete. The Senate would need to approve the bill and the governor and federal government would need to approve it.

There is momentum for change. The question is how that will happen, as multiple bills move through the state Legislature.

Thursday, Sen.Ted OBrien (D-NY 55th) said he supports the Assembly bill sponsored by Catherine Nolan (D-NY 37th).

Its been called the high-stakes consequences for students should be slowed down so teachers have the opportunity to appropriately prepare students for the new testing standards, said OBrien.

The Nolan bill delays the impact on teacher evaluations that are based in part on the results of student assessments.

Republican senator Joseph Robach (R-NY 56th) said he would support the Assembly bill if it were the only option.

Robach said there is a need to find a remedy and he has been working to help further it, though its unclear which piece of legislation will be passed.

A Republican-backed bill has a sponsor in both houses, but has yet to come up for a vote.

The bill seeks to delay testing based on Common Core until 2016.

I think that the delay where we can find time and resources, and time to find support and help people feel more and more comfortable, and find time for teachers to revisit those standards, and find what makes the most sense for their standards, and provide input on what makes the most sense for their children to be doing, and them to be teaching, makes a lot of sense, said Kevin McGowan, superintendent of the Brighton Central School District and president of the Monroe County Council of School Superintendents.

Parents who spoke with 13WHAM News Thursday said they were conflicted on how to change the implementation of new learning standards, but want a delay of some kind.

To delay eval of teachers and principals based on the outcomes of testing is wise, said Celia Watt, mother of a student in the Fairport Central School District.

 
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