Letter: Regents' changes disappoint officials

East Meadow student Christopher Amodeo, 5, with his East Meadow student Christopher Amodeo, 5, with his mom, Rachel, came out in support of those who oppose state standardized testing and Common Core on Nov. 13, 2013. Photo Credit: Newsday / J. Conrad Williams, Jr.

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After reviewing feedback from educators, parents and community leaders regarding the Common Core phase-in, the Board of Regents assembled a work group that on Feb. 10 presented 19 "adjustment options" to the Common Core implementation ["Regents opt for test delay," News, Feb. 11].

While these recommendations validate the significant concerns, my organization believes they fall drastically short of making substantive changes. Of the 19 options presented, only five recommend any actual change. The remaining 14 recommend the Regents "advocate" for change, issue additional guidance on the status quo, or develop more materials for what is already in place.

Either the work group failed to understand the concerns, or these recommendations were a political move to disguise a disregard for concerns from the field and to continue to move forward. Most disappointing is this missed opportunity for real change, one which could improve student learning and achievement.

My organization challenges the work group to revisit the criticisms rather than settle for this superficial response. We have advocated since the beginning to end the misuse of student assessments as an evaluation device for professional educators, eliminate unfunded mandates, and roll out an implementation strategy with a reasonable timeline that allows schools to plan, prepare and implement with dignity.

Frank Santoriello, Eastchester

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Editor's note: The writer represents the Empire State Supervisors and Administrators Association, an organization of public school administrators.
 

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