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January 25, 2014

Assemblywoman joins move to fix Common Core

PLATTSBURGH — State Assemblywoman Janet Duprey and some of her colleagues have recommended several ideas they think would improve the Common Core standards for education.

Duprey (R,I-Peru) has joined her Minority Conference colleagues in outlining proposed solutions to the ongoing controversy over the Common Core standards. 

Most parents and teachers across the state believe stringent educational standards are necessary, she said in a news release, however the rushed implementation of Common Core has created an unhealthy learning environment for New York’s children.

SEEN AS BULLYING

“The State Education Department requires special-needs students, including many who cannot read, to take the standardized tests,” Duprey said at a November forum hosted by SUNY Plattsburgh.

“Forcing these students who have IEP directives to sit through hours of testing is bullying. We need all students to be excited to learn.

“We cannot allow standardized testing, which forces teachers to teach to the tests, to treat our children as robots or educational experiments. 

“Instead, we must provide the opportunity for our students to appreciate the value of creative learning as they develop into our future visionary leaders.”

STATEWIDE FORUMS

The Minority Conference hosted 11 educational forums across the state, listening to testimony from administrators, teachers, parents and students.

While some can appreciate the potential value of Common Core, the majority have concerns about its effectiveness, Duprey said.

After gathering all the information and findings, the Minority Conference has come up with several solutions that it has compiled into the Achieving Pupil Preparedness & Launching Excellence (APPLE) plan.

This plan outlines options to help modify Common Core to make it more encompassing and effective, Duprey’s release said. The ideas include evaluating state assessments and curriculum, funding equality, teacher involvement and restriction of the use of student data.

‘TESTS UNFAIR’

Margarita Garcia-Notario, speaking for the North Country Alliance for Public Education, feels the conference’s plan does address some concerns parents and educators have expressed.

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