State Education Commissioner John King Jr. was in Manhattan Wednesday calling on business leaders to support Common Core reforms.
The Associated Press reported that King told business officials at breakfast meeting of the Association for a Better New York to ignore what he called the “noise” and speak up in the face of opposition from critics, who say the standards and testing are too difficult or confusing.
“We need you to choose not to be silent in the face of deception and misinformation. You can’t stand on the sidelines while others debate education policy. We need you in the debate, advocating for our students,” he said.
Despite what is said about the curriculum by critics, King said it doesn’t mean more testing. Some parents have complained that the math curriculum in particular is hard to understand and they aren’t able to help their children with problems. In response, he said some districts are holding “math nights” for parents, citing Mineola in Nassau County as an example.
Common Core isn’t likely to go away in New York – barring an upset victory by Republican candidate Rob Astorino in this November’s election. Astorino called Common Core a “disaster” and said he would replace with “better standards, teaching and testing, all set and controlled at the local level,” according to his website.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo has expressed support for continuing the current standards including the state’s teacher evaluation system. This is the second year of that program, except for in New York City. Teachers who are deemed ineffective for two consecutive years can be fired under an expedited process.