To ensure that the State moves forward with high quality education standards the Task Force made 21 recommendations including:
· Overhauling the Common Core and adopting locally-driven high quality New York education standards with input from local districts, educators, and parents through a transparent and open process that are age-appropriate and allow educators flexibility for Students with Disabilities and English Language Learners.
· Establishing a transparent and open process by which New York standards are periodically reviewed by educators and content area experts, since educators know their schools and students best.
· Providing educators and local school districts with the flexibility to develop and tailor curriculum to meet the needs of their individual students and requiring the State to create and release new and improved curriculum resources that educators can then adapt to meet the needs of their individual students.
· Engaging New York educators, not a private corporation, to drive the review and creation of State standards-aligned tests in an open and transparent manner.
· Minimizing student testing anxiety by reducing the number of test days and test questions and providing ongoing test transparency to parents, teachers and districts on test questions and student test scores.
· Ensuring that State tests account for different types of learners, including Students with Disabilities and English Language Learners.
Common Core aligned tests should not count for students or teachers until the start of 2019-2020 school year . . .
The Education Transformation Act of 2015 will remain in place . . . states that APPR shall be a “significant factor” for employment, promotion, retention, tenure determinations, terminations and supplemental compensation.
Education must be developmentally appropriate, not age appropriate.
Educators and content experts have always been employed to create standardized tests.
The State remains in control of the curriculum and which publishing companies produce those resources.
This struggle will begin again in the 2019-2020 school year when we will have forgotten what is happening now because we will believe we have won a significant victory when in fact we have again fallen prey to the rhetoric and propaganda of the “hedgehogs”.
We must make education a human right not a State’s right.
Join the Movement to Save Our Children!