When the state Board of Regents in February proposed a plan to allow teachers to use the highly criticized rollout of the Common Core when challenging their evaluations, Gov. Andrew Cuomo knocked the proposal as "another in the series of missteps" by the state's education overseers.
On Tuesday, Cuomo said the state needs to take action related to teacher evaluations, and that he and lawmakers will be discussing it before the legislative session wraps up in June.
"We have to deal with the issue of the effect of Common Core testing on teacher evaluations," Cuomo said at a news conference Tuesday.
"If you said Common Core testing was premature for students and you just halted the grades on the transcript, then what is your opinion about the impact of Common Core testing on teacher evaluations and what should be done?" Cuomo said. "That is an issue that we have not addressed and we need to address before the end of the session, in my opinion, depending on what happens."
Quite frankly, I'm still not sure this isn't some April Fools joke on Sheriff Andy's part.
I mean, he literally threatened a two centuries old education institution like the Board of Regents when they mentioned making minor tweaks to his APPR teacher evaluation system a couple of months ago.
Now he's saying this is an issue that needs to be addressed?
Hard to believe him.
Most likely he's uttering some empty rhetoric here, and whatever changes they end up proposing and passing will be as ineffectual as the so-called Common Core moratorium in the budget deal.