ALBANY – Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he plans to pursue legislation to change the Common Core program in New York.
On Thursday the governor released a statement saying he agrees with the goal of the learning standards, but believes its implementation across New York “has been deeply flawed.”
The governor also said that as time goes on, he feels more strongly that it’s not working, saying it certainly has not gotten any better and, if anything, it’s gotten worse.
The governor will spend the next few month seeking recommendations from education leaders and lawmakers, as well as from teacher and parent groups, on how to correct the common core problem. Those recommendations will then be used to create a plan that will be announced during his 2016 State of the State address in January.
In April, more than 200,000 New York students, about 20 percent, sat out of annual Common Core-aligned math and English tests as parents protested the time spent preparing for and taking the tests, their difficulty, and use in teacher evaluations.
Common Core advocates have said that the standards have improved learning and that while they understand the need to focus on the implementation, it’s important that the actual common core standards remain in place.