Senate Minority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins in a radio interview said she remains concerned over the speed of the roll out of Common Core evaluation standards as well as a plan to collect student data by the state Department of Education.
“I am absolutely in favor of looking at what we’re doing, how fast we’re doing it and really evaluating what we’re looking at putting on the broad agenda to reach extremely important goals,” she said.
While Gov. Andrew Cuomo in his State of the State address on Wednesday called for new capital school improvements through a bond act, he didn’t mention the ongoing controversy over the Common Core implementation by the state Department of Education.
State lawmakers in both chambers have said they plan to address the implementation issues, as well as concerns over the data sharing program through contractor inBloom, in the coming legislative session.
“The amount of testing is an issue for a lot of constituents and the way the evaluation is being implemented is a real concern,” Stewart-Cousins said on the Capitol Pressroom with Susan Arbetter. “Also this data sharing is a real concern as well. To be able to talk about letting districts opt out and not let parents opt out is something I know parents are concerned about as well.”
Testing, the evaluation system, inBloom - all concerns Cuomo never mentioned yesterday.