Share Your Thoughts on the Common Core Standards with Governor Cuomo's Common Core Task Force Before November 30, 2015
There is much being reported in the various news media in New York State these days about a number of trends that might indicate a shift in the education reform pendulum. As you may have heard:
- The U.S. Department of Education has announced that it is rethinking its position on standardized testing, stating that assessment nationally has become excessive;
- New York's new Commissioner of Education, Dr. Mary Ellen Elia, has announced that she is shortening the State assessments that will be administered this Spring;
- Recently, Meryl Tisch, Chancellor of the NYS Board of Regents, announced that she is not seeking re-appointment to her position; and
- Governor Cuomo has instituted a "Task Force" to listen to New Yorkers’ thoughts on the Common Core State Standards.
Regarding this last point, some have remarked that participating in the hearings of the Governor's Common Core Task Force is not realistic for many citizens, especially given the limited locations of the hearings around the State and the short notice of these meetings.
However, there is a very efficient and simple online feedback mechanism that has not been widely reported, for all parents, staff, students, and community members who have an opinion on the subject, positive or negative, to consider using it to make their voices heard in Albany. You can access it at https://www.ny.gov/content/public-testimony-common-core
The survey consists of one open ended response box through which to share concerns about the Common Core State Standards. The response period concludes on Monday, November 30, 2015. We urge participation, regardless of stance, opinion, or position because it now appears that perhaps the decision-makers in New York may be listening.