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State Education Department launches Common Core survey online

MaryEllen Elia, the New York State education commissioner,

MaryEllen Elia, the New York State education commissioner, speaks at the Long Island Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development's annual fall conference in Melville on Friday, Oct. 9, 2015. Credit: Ed Betz

Parents, teachers and others across New York now have a chance to register their opinions on the Common Core academic standards that form the underpinning of classroom lessons throughout the state.

The State Education Department on Wednesday posted a survey form on its website -- -- that allows citizens interested in the standards to indicate whether they agree with them or feel they should be discarded, moved to different grade levels or rewritten.

In the survey, individual standards are arranged by grade level so that parents and educators with a particular interest in a certain grade can focus on the standards required at that level. People who indicate that a standard should be revised are asked to write their own version.

The survey requires participants to enter their county of residence and occupation from a list of choices. Giving an email address is optional.

The state's education commissioner, MaryEllen Elia, announced plans for the website survey this month at a conference for school administrators in Melville.

"I firmly support high learning standards for all students, but I realize that our current set of standards isn't perfect," Elia said in a written statement Wednesday. "Together we can make them stronger."

Education Department staffers said the plan is to leave the website survey open to participants until Nov. 30.

Survey responses then will be collected and given to a review panel of education experts and others, yet to be appointed by the commissioner.

Department staffers added that the panel will be expected to deliver a preliminary report before the end of the year to the state Board of Regents. The board has the authority to amend the standards as they are used in New York.

The standards, which are national, have been adopted by more than 40 states but are under widespread review.


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