Some changes are likely coming to the controversial Common Core standards. The Board of Regents is set to vote on those changes on Tuesday. Our Maria Valvanis reports.
ALBANY, N.Y. -- A Board of Regents vote expected tomorrow could make the class of 2022 the first class of students to graduate under the standards.
The first group of students was originally going to be the class of 2017.
Hoping to fix implementation problems with the Common Core curriculum, a six-member workgroup on Monday presented a 19-step plan to the education committees.
That plan includes the five-year delay, as well as a delay on teacher assessments.
Committee members said that the rushed implementation - and not the standards themselves - have been the issue for many parents and educators.
"We understand that the urgency of our work did lead to unevenness of implementation across the state, and that that did lead to frustration and anxiety," said Wade Norwood, a committee member and Board of Regents member.
"We think this is a comprehensive set of steps responsive to what we hear at the forums," said John King, the New York State Commissioner of Education.
Merryl Tisch, the Board of Regents Chancellor, said, "It's put in place a timely effort that puts in place implementation of the curriculum in line with professional development."
One of the steps calls for a process to remove teachers and principals that are determined ineffective due to poor student performance. The process would provide a right to argue they didn't have enough time to implement the new standards properly.
Another step calls to delay the entire implementation process from 2017 to 2022.
"Students that graduated third grade last year will have to meet all the Common Core standards around graduation requirements," explained Tisch.
The two committees voted to adopt the plan 15-2.
"I find it difficult to just go along to get along," said Betty Rosa, a Board of Regents member.
Those against the plan say they didn't receive it until 9:00 p.m. on Sunday. Once again, they believe the board is rushing a long term situation.
Rosa added, "With all do respect, there are many people who have said they haven't even read the document."
"If something's wrong we're giving more time to drill in on something that's wrong," said Kathleen Cashin, a Board of Regents member.
Norwood added, "Big plus is that we get to take an action and move forward
The Board of Regents will also vote on the plan during their meeting on Tuesday. However, a similar outcome is expected. After the plan is adopted, many of the recommendations will go through a public comment process.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo released a statement Monday saying the subcommittee's recommendations are "too little and too late for parents and students."