Legislators demand 2-year delay in Common Core implementation

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Stepping up previous warnings, leaders of the state Senate and Assembly called for a two-year delay Tuesday in using Common Core test results to make evaluations about teachers, principals and students.

The leaders also called for delaying the sharing of student information with a private “cloud-based” data firm until privacy and security concerns were "fully satisfied."

The announcement by Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (D-Manhattan) and Senate co-leaders Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) and Jeff Klein (D-Bronx) effectively tells the state Board of Regents, which sets education policy in New York, to slow down implementation of the new Common Core academic standards or the Legislature will.

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Their specific demand for a two-year delay -- "at minimum" -- intensified previous calls to simply delay implementation.

“I think we have their attention,” Silver said, referring to the Regents. He said legislators are “telling them: now’s the time” to act.

“If the Board of Regents doesn’t deal with it appropriately, then the Legislature will have to,” Skelos said in a separate interview.

The Regents have said before they intend to address the issue in February. Regents Chancellor Meryl Tisch and Education Commission John B. King Jr. reiterated that promise in a response to Silver, Skelos and Klein, saying next week they will consider “a series of possible options that reflect the input the board has received from legislators and the public to make thoughtful adjustments to Common Core implementation.”

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