Focus on Education
9:27 am
Thu February 6, 2014

Bennett says Regents taking Common Core delay request seriously

A local member of the state Board of Regents says the board will be taking a close look next week at the State Legislature's request to delay Common Core standards for two years.

Regents Bob Bennett.
Regents Bob Bennett.
Credit WBFO News file photo

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Senate leader Dean Skelos are both calling for a two-year moratorium, saying this week Common Core was rolled out poorly.

Regents Chancellor Emeritus Robert Bennett tells WBFO News board members will take the request "very seriously."

"If it's a moratorium on testing, which is what I think is being recommended, we could take that under serious advisement. I don't think the learning standards can be delayed, but the issue of assessment, which I think is at the core of the APPR issue, is worthy of our thoughtful consideration," Bennett says.

The lawmakers are critical of how Common Core was rolled out by the state Education Department.
 

Bennett noted that a majority of school districts across the state have worked hard over the last three years at implement. He says he believes the board can help districts that are having problems.

"If we can find a way to give them more time, I think we would be open to that as well," said Bennett.

But the Amherst Central School District is moving full steam ahead with Common Core.

"We are fully immersed in the Common Core. We are immersed in our professional development.  We see the benefit that it is for our students," said Laura Chabe, superintendent of the Amherst School District.               

Chabe admits it's been a lot of work for the district since implemented common core  in 2010, but says it's all about "helping students." 

"In terms of what we're doing on daily basis in our classrooms with our instruction, we are going to continue to move forward with that," said Chabe.