The Board of Regents' approved several changes to the Common Core Tuesday. But, they did not pass a recommendation considered to be one of the most controversial parts of the testing standards. Time Warner Cable News reporter Madeleine Rivera has the story.
ALBANY, N.Y. -- "It is time to move forward with higher standards. It is time to move forward with an accountability system," said Board of Regents Chancellor, Merryl Tisch.
Members of the Board of Regents went through 19 of the proposed changes to the Common Core. Nearly all of them passed. But, the board delayed action on a change, long considered to be one of the most controversial aspects of the standards.
"We also put out for discussion a possible effort to ensure fairness for teachers," said Education Commissioner John King.
One of the changes would have given teachers the chance to defend themselves if they faced termination because of poor Common Core test grades.
"The governor has said the evaluation system is a priority," said King.
About an hour before the Regents' board meeting, Governor Cuomo, in a radio interview, criticized the Regents' Monday decision as a way to avoid teacher evaluations.
"I get that they don't want a teachers' evaluation system. My problem is that the people of the state want a teachers' evaluation system implemented," said Cuomo.
But, NYSUT Vice President Maria Neira says the teachers evaluations based on Common Core standards is a flawed assessment.
"There is inequity in the roll-out, in the kind of support and resources that students and teachers are getting. During this period, do not use an assessment that has not been admitted appropriately and hold teachers responsible for something that is not in their control," said Neira.
The Board of Regents will not make a decision regarding the teacher evaluation component of the Common Core until the public has a chance to weigh in.