New learning standards are being developed for New York schools, but don’t expect them to be much different than the Common Core standards they’re replacing.
The New York School Boards Association released a report Tuesday saying standards the state ultimately adopts likely won’t be much different than Common Core.
“If people aren’t accepting of the standards and don’t believe that they had the opportunity to shape them, then there’s going to be a backlash, which we saw,” said David Albert, director of communications for the New York School Boards Association.
Unrest over the rollout of Common Core in New York schools has prompted the state education department to review and revise learning standards. The New York State School Boards Association released a report Tuesday, looking at what happened in states that did away with Common Core and replacing it with their own standards.
“And what we found, really, is that the process is just as important as the product; in this case, the learning standards,” said Albert.
The association says Common Core was adopted too quickly in 2011, and there wasn’t an opportunity for parents and teachers to weigh-in.
"We saw, really, an outcry over that over the last several years,” said Albert.
Researchers say standards adopted in Indiana and South Carolina were strikingly similar to Common Core – with Oklahoma accepting similar standards as well. The School Board Association say it will likely be the same story in New York. Schenectady City Schools Superintendent doesn’t see a need for any dramatic changes.
“The places where I think there is a strong need to change though is how those standards are assessed, what those tests look like and what’s done with those results,” said Spring.
Spring says teachers' evaluations should not be determined by how students perform on state tests.
“I think it’s important that we make a really clear distinction between testing that is driven by accountability and testing that is driven by a desire to know what a student is able to do,” said Spring.
The School Board Association believes the state’s new standards will be similar to Common Core, but differences will reflect public input.
“If people have the opportunity to really sit down and look at 'here’s Common Core standards, here’s some things we could do differently,' and they agree, 'yes, this is the direction we want to go in,' I think that buy-in makes a huge difference,” said Albert.
A revised set of education standards are expected to be adopted in November.