Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch acknowledged as much today on Capital Pressroom:
1 outcome of a Common Core review? Rebrand Tisch says: "We can call them the Empire State standards or the New York State higher standards."— Chalkbeat New York (@ChalkbeatNY) September 15, 2015
This echoes something NYSED Commissioner MaryEllen Elia said earlier this year when she said she wanted to "repaint" the Common Core standards so parents would like them more.
Repaint, rebrand review - it's seemingly all jive when it comes to real change for education policiy in New York State.
Here's another "concession" from the state Tisch announced today:
Chancellor Tisch says the Regents wants to implement a panel where teachers can appeal their rating. http://t.co/GhtSxLoFFv @sarbetter— Capitol Pressroom (@CapPressRoom) September 15, 2015
Tisch says "One of the reasons we are putting in place this appeals process is to address aberrations."— Capitol Pressroom (@CapPressRoom) September 15, 2015
The whole system is an aberration:
@CapPressRoom The entire system is an aberration. How else to explain 14/20 to 1/20 to 11/20 on test score VAM?— rbe (@perdidostschool) September 15, 2015
See here for how you can go from 14 out of 20 to 1 out of 20 to 11 out of 20 in three years with similar test score results.
It's the APPR teacher evaluation VAM lottery - place your bets, winners get to keep their jobs, losers lose theirs.
Clearly the Lederman APPR case has the state worried, as does stories about school districts wity "excellent" schools who scored poorly on APPR ratings, which is why Tisch is announcing the APPR appeals panel.
But if the appeals panel is anything like the NYCDOE appeals process, it will be rigged for the kind of outcomes the establishment wants - that is, ineffective ratings for most teacher who file appeals that stand as they are (even the UFT acknowledges very few negative ratings are overturned.)
So Tisch is making some news here by not really making any news.
Nonetheless that Tisch is talking this stuff on the radio lets you know that the powers that be in Albany are worried that their education reform house of cards is at risk of being torn down by the barbarians at the gates (i.e., parents and teachers) and they're trying - really trying - to fool us into thinking their addressing our concerns.
They're not, of course:
@ChalkbeatNY if it walks like a duck & quacks like a duck.....we need more than a NAME CHANGE— Mike Reilly (@MikeWReilly) September 15, 2015
Indeed we do need more than a name change of the standards, some minor tweaks to the testing regime and an appeals panel that will be rigged for outcome announced as if it has any real effect.
But that's what we're getting from Cuomo, Tisch, Elia, et al.
Repaint, rebrand, review - it's all the same jive.