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Letter: Praise for review of Common Core

Plainview-Old Bethpage Central School District Superintendent Lorna Lewis

Plainview-Old Bethpage Central School District Superintendent Lorna Lewis addresses, from left, NYS Board of Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch, NYS Education Commissioner Dr. John B. King, Jr. and Regent Roger Tilles during a forum at Oyster Bay High School. (Oct. 15, 2013) Credit: Barry Sloan

I'm pleased that the state Board of Regents will review the implementation of the Common Core and the many other new requirements imposed on schools, students and teachers ["Common Core panel named," News, Dec. 20].

The statewide vitriol marking the public's concern with the Common Core stems from rushed implementation, test-score manipulation, and the overly ambitious amount of change mandated without buy-in or trust from those who actually have to make the changes work in schools. No one can possibly believe that provoking anxiety and chaos in schools -- even if unintentionally -- is an effective management strategy for productive reform.

I want to thank those Regents who voiced concerns about Common Core implementation, including Roger Tilles and Geraldine Chapey, and those state legislators, including Sen. John Flanagan (R-East Northport), who are sponsoring legislation that would press for better implementation of Common Core and teacher evaluation mandates.

If education standards are truly to be raised, we must build trust among educators, parents, students and Education Department leaders. This takes time and open, respectful communication.

Ken Lindblom, Shoreham

Editor's note: The writer is the director of English teacher education at Stony Brook University.

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