The New York State Board of Regents has issued a report saying that teachers shouldn’t lose their job based on students’ poor performance. In addition, they say that the the phase-in of the controversial Common Core education standards should take more time.
A six-member work group – which was appointed in January by Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch – released its report on Monday. Tasked with finding to ways to improve the way that New York is implementing the Common Core standards – the work group stated that the new standards should be phased in by the end of 2022 – not by 2017, which is the current goal established by the state education department.
The K-12 educational benchmarks have been adopted by 46 states as a way to improve student readiness for college and careers. But the standards have been met with great criticism in New York by both parents and students.
While current state law requires that districts use student performance for teacher assessments, Monday’s report said that educators whose jobs are at risk because of their students’ test results should be able to point to the district’s failure to provide adequate professional development and curriculum support
Monday’s report comes on the heels of the state legislature calling for a moratorium on the common core. In addition, the state’s largest teacher’s union in January announced a vote of “no confidence” in state education commissioner John King, Jr. – who’s fully supported the common core standards despite public outcry.