Common Core Deal Delays Use of Student Test Scores in Evaluating Teachers

Published 06/19 2014 10:45PM

Updated 06/19 2014 10:46PM

ALBANY, N.Y. (WETM-18) – Governor Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders agreed Thursday to delay use of Common Core student test results to grade teachers who’ve been rated “Ineffective” or “Developing”.

The two year delay in using student test scores applies to the current school year and the 2014-2015 school year. Union officials say that statewide there are about 1,000 teachers rated as “Ineffective” and 10,000 rated as “Developing”. Under current law, student results on state exams account for 20% of a teacher’s evaluation.

State Assemblyman Phil Palmesano of Corning says he’s disappointed more wasn’t done this legislative session to address the problems of Common Core and its implementation. “I've heard from so many parents, students and teachers,” said Palmesano in Albany Thursday. “We had a huge auditorium full of people last December expressing their concerns about the problems of Common Core and from my perspective we didn't do enough this legislative session.”

Governor Cuomo and state legislators previously agreed to bar the use of English and Math test results from being put on student records to ease the transition to Common Core.

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