Rochester’s Mayor-elect Lovely Warren addressed a crowd of more than 300 leaders at a Vision-Future stressing the importance that education has on business and economic development.
According to the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, Warren called the city’s schools an economic development issue, stressing that would be her focus along with safe streets.
Warren highlighted a problem faced by many urban school districts around the state: the lack of quality schools in the city, where “less than half of students graduate on time and just 5 percent are considered ready for college or the workforce when they do.”
State Education Commissioner John King was also in the Rochester area yesterday participating in a live forum at WXXI Studios along with state Board of Regents members Wade S. Norwood and T. Andrew Brown.
King said the implementation of the Common Core Learning Standards (CCLS) need “tweaking” but there are positive aspects to the tests. Some of the changes being considered, according to the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle are, “testing options for special needs students, in Spanish language assessments and the phasing out of dual math exams for accelerated students..”
The New York State Education Department (NYSED) has resources available to support the successful implementation of the CCLS in classrooms across New York state over the next several years. They are located on the Engage NY website. The Business Council supports these standards that will help prepare students for college and career readiness. The standards are internationally-benchmarked and evidence-based, and serve as a consistent set of expectations for what students need to learn and be able to do to succeed in college and in careers.