Cuomo Calls For Panel To Take Corrective Action On Common Core

01.21.14 | Bob Price

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced today that he will assemble a panel of educators and legislators to fix what he said was a "flawed" rollout of the Common Core learning standards in New York's schools.

"The way the Common Core has been managed by the Board of Regents is flawed," he said during his budget presentation in Albany. "There's too much uncertainty, confusion and anxiety."

Cuomo did not mention in his State of the State address two weeks ago the furor over the implementations of the standards, disappointing New York State United Teachers and others who have criticized the rollout.

The governor changed that in his presentation today, even though the announcement had no particular budget implications.

He said he supports the Common Core, but said it needs "a rational system that is well administered."

"Let's get recommendations for corrective action by the end of this session," he said. "Let's pass a package of corrective actions by the end of this session, and let's end the anxiety that the parents and teachers and students are feeling all across this state."

He said the panel will also look at standardized testing, and he called for a ban on standardized tests for children in kindergarten through second grade.

"There's no reason a school district should make a 5-year-old take standardized tests," he said. "It's not how our young children learn."

The Board of Regents has assembled an internal committee to look into the testimony of people who attended some two-dozen forums on the Common Core across the state. That group is expected to report back to the full board next month.

A number of groups have called for a ban on standardized testing of very young children, including state Education Commissioner John King.

King and Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch issued a statement this afternoon saying they strongly agree with a standardized testing ban for young children.

They said they "remain fully committed" to the Common Core and have made some changes in their implementation already. They said they are open to "other thoughtful adjustments."