Monthly Archives: February 2014

SUNY chancellor: delaying Common Core would be going backwards

SUNY chancellor Nancy Zimpher said Thursday it would be a mistake to delay implementing the Common Core standards in New York schools.

At a legislative budget hearing, she offered unequivocal support for the Common Core standards, arguing the “high bar” is necessary for preparing students to compete internationally. The curriculum guidelines, which have been adopted by 45 states, aim to boost students’ readiness for college coursework and career demands.

“I don’t agree with stopping progress,” she told Capital NY’s Jessica Bakeman and other reporters after the hearing, responding to a push from the Legislature for a two-year moratorium on using Common Core tests for teacher evaluations or student-placement decisions.

“We’ve got a set of standards; let’s find a way to get them implemented,” she continued. “If the testing is too soon, or we haven’t got the learning acquired before we test—OK, that’s an issue. That’s really important. But it’s going to confuse the public to just call a moratorium, because I think it puts the standards back on the back shelf, and that is, for the United States, going backward.”

Chancellor Zimpher’s position with regard to the controversial learning standards is similar to the position taken earlier in the week by the Times Union editorial board.

In part the editorial states, “No reform worthy of the name is going to happen in education without some discomfort and push-back. New York, however, is seeing far more than a little resistance to the new Common Core academic standards.

“But stopping Common Core is not the answer. With no real alternative, New York would likely fall back on the underperforming system in place before 2010.

“It’s important to remember why New York and 45 other states adopted the Common Core standards. Developed by a coalition of the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers, Common Core was a response to studies showing American students lagging far behind many of their Asian and European counterparts. It established nationwide goals for reading and math from kindergarten through high school, with an emphasis on critical thinking.”
You can read the complete editorial here.