By Ashley M. Casey
The New York State Education Department is looking for feedback on proposed changes to the Common Core learning standards for math and English language arts.
In the fall of 2015, more than 10,500 teachers, parents and community remembers participated in NYSED’s AimHighNY survey on the math and ELA standards. Over the summer of 2016, two committees made up of more than 130 educators, administrators and parents made recommendations that would overhaul 60 percent of ELA standards and 55 percent of math standards. The recommendations are available for the public to review and comment on through Nov. 14.
“It was clear that there was strong support for high learning standards, but that adjustments were needed,” Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia said in a video introducing the learning standards recommendations.
Divided into grade-level subcommittees, the two committees came up with revisions for the academic standards and suggestions for educator support.
Among the suggested changes to ELA Common Core standards are:
The ELA committee also recommended the creation of the following supports for educators:
The math committee has proposed the following changes:
“The voices of the parents need to be heard. They need to review this. Teachers need to review this and be critical and be honest. And then reply, then respond and make comments so that changes can be made because this is our opportunity,” said Simone Thornton, a teacher at the Onondaga Nation School. “I’ve had the opportunity to have a voice. Now it’s in the hands of the public to have their voice heard as well.”
To learn more about the changes to Common Core and submit your feedback, visit nysed.gov/aimhighny. Select a subject and grade level to take the survey and leave comments. General comments on the Common Core standards may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. The public comment period ends Nov. 14.
Ashley M. Casey is a reporter for The Baldwinsville Messenger and The Eagle Star-Review. She graduated from Le Moyne College in 2012 and previously worked for the Scotsman Press.