Common Core

Buffalo Public Schools

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a new partnership with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation last week to “reimagine education” in New York State. That move has been criticized by teachers’ unions, administrators and some parents, but some Buffalo families are ready for change.

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New York State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia abruptly resigned Monday, taking members of the state Board of Regents by surprise. She said she will take a new job at the end of August at an unnamed national firm.

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The New York State Legislature has approved a measure that ends a mandate that teacher evaluations be based on the results of their students’ standardized tests.

Nearly 70 percent of school board members across New York State who responded to a recent survey think civic readiness should be a high school graduation requirement.

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Teachers wouldn’t be evaluated based on their students’ standardized test scores any longer under a measure approved by the New York State Assembly. It’s a reversal of a controversial policy that helped lead to a widespread boycott of the third- through eighth-grade tests associated with the former Common Core program.

High Achievement New York

New York State has had the longest and most comprehensive review and implementation of new academic standards, according to a new study from High Achievement New York.

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New York education leaders have tweaked and renamed the Common Core learning standards in response to criticism over the way they were written and implemented.

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The results of this year’s Common Core-related standardized tests show scores for New York’s schoolchildren inching up. About one-fifth of the children boycotted the tests altogether because of continued controversy over the Common Core learning standards.

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There are some slight gains for public school students on this year's New York State Assessments. WBFO's Senior Reporter Eileen Buckley says that includes small gains for Buffalo Public School students in English and Math. 

Next spring, New York's students will spend two days on standardized math and English tests instead of three. The State Board of Regents has approved the change and will vote Tuesday to make it official.

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The public will now have a chance to weigh-in on revisions to the state's Learning Standards for Math and English. The Common Core is now being referred to as New York State P-12 English Language Arts and Mathematics Learning Standards. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says the New York State Education Department (NYSED) released its revisions Tuesday. 

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New York state’s education commissioner said Tuesday that new state-specific learning standards will offer several improvements over the controversial Common Core standards. This comes as students in grades three through eight across the state's 700 school  began the first of three days of math testing on Tuesday.

ELA & Math scores show gains in student proficiency

Jul 29, 2016
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State-wide students are showing some increases in proficiency in Common Core testing. New York State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia issued results late Friday afternoon from this spring's ELA and Math Standardized testing students in 3rd through 8th grade. 

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The school year is winding down and the last of the statewide standardized tests have been given to students. Governor Cuomo says Common Core was poorly implemented in the state and it's up to those who did so - the State Education Department - to restore parents' faith in the system.

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Almost 98 percent of school budgets were approved in statewide voting Tuesday, including the majority of school districts asking for overrides of the state’s mandatory property tax cap. Meanwhile, school board candidates who support opting out of standardized tests saw success across the state.

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As parents, students and educators continue to raise concerns around Common Core and high stakes testing, a Community Forum will be held Saturday afternoon.  Educators will help lead a discussion starting at 12:30 p.m. on the SUNY Buffalo State campus.

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Three new Regents elected by the legislature this week are expected to help lead an on-going reversal in education policy in New York, to less emphasis on controversial standardized tests.

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The state’s education commissioner Mary Ellen Elia spent nearly four hours before the legislative budget committees on Wednesday.

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Some education leaders say it's time to hear Governor Cuomo on the troubled Common Core Learning Standards when he delivers his annual State-of-the-State message. WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley says the Governor's own Common Core Task Force issued 21-recommendations calling to stop linking the controversial assessments to teacher evaluations.   

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Time is running out to take part in New York state's public opinion survey on the Common Core learning standards.  The online survey closes today. 

Deadline nears for participating in Common Core survey

Nov 29, 2015

Time is running out for the public to take part in an opinion survey on the Common Core learning standards.  The online survey closes Monday. 

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A Buffalo Public School teacher is out with another hip-hop, rap video that blasts New York State for too many standardized tests, Common Core and state receivership. WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley has more on this latest education activism video.

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A gubernatorial task force was told Wednesday that Common Core can work. There was less certainty regarding the level of testing connected with the standards.

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As New York's Governor aims to take another look at the Common Core program, education officials from around the state share opinions both positive and negative.

Cuomo says New York's Common Core program 'must be fixed'

Sep 3, 2015
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Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the Common Core program in New York is not working and must be fixed. 

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Governor Cuomo says he doubts that there will be  federal sanctions for schools that have high rates of students who boycotted standardized tests this spring.

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State Senator Marc Panepinto and administrators from about a half-dozen local school districts gathered in Hamburg to discuss Common Core, standardized testing and how their tied to teacher evaluations, and how to fix what they collectively believe is a flawed system.

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The New York State Education Department released results Wednesday from the April 2015 math and English Language Arts assessments for grades 3-8. But ahead of the release, the Buffalo Public School District gave an indication about its results.

State education chief visits Sweet Home School District

Jul 9, 2015
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New state Commissioner of Education MaryEllen Elia has only been on the job for four days and she’s already visiting her old stomping grounds.

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Historians from across the state are bringing their knowledge to the Western New York area this week. Museum employees, archivists, librarians, and more will take part in the 36th annual conference on New York State History at Niagara University from Thursday, June 18th, to Saturday, June 20th. The three-day event aims to draw many teachers to the table, as their participation may be key to the state’s future.