Ahead of Tuesday's vote, parents in the Bethlehem school district got a chance to see how the common core is being implemented. Geoff Redick reports.
BETHLEHEM, N.Y. -- Regina and John Robenstein moved into the Bethlehem School District in December, after living in Washington State. They had never heard of common core, and heard nothing but negative remarks about the curriculum after moving to New York.
However, some of the concepts did seem familiar.
"There must have been some form of common core in Washington because some of that math stuff wasn't new to me, I had seen it," explained Regina Robenstein, a parent of a Bethlehem Middle School student.
Even though they didn't call it common core in Washington, the Robenstein's say their fifth and seventh grade students excelled at that new style of learning. However, those students will not be tested at that higher standard.
"Students who started in third grade last year will have to meet all common core standards around graduation requirements," said Merryl Tisch, the Board of Regents Chancellor.
A set of recommendations from the State Board of Regents is expected to be passed Tuesday. It would delay the high testing standards of the common core by five years. Students in New York will still learn common core methods, but only this year's third graders will be asked to display high proficiency by the time they are in high school.
"I think they key thing now is that the regents have made the adjustments they can in their authority, and we've got to move forward focused on instruction," explained John King, the New York State Education Commissioner.
Although the Robenstein's children excelled at common core, they still think it's smart to delay testing until everyone is more used to it.
John Robenstein said, "When you only have a year to learn all this new stuff, you're going to suffer on your test scores. So, if you have a few years to get used to all these new methods, than your test scores will reflect that."
The measures that would push these testing standards back are expected to be passed on Tuesday.