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State education commissioner encourages teachers & parents to embrace Common Core

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New York State Education leaders will hold a statewide news briefing late Monday morning to provide in-depth information on Common Core and Assessments. WBFO's Eileen Buckley had a chance to talk with state Education Commissioner John King during a visit to Buffalo last week about the ongoing debate over student assessments.

Education Commissioner King has been urgING teachers and parents to embrace Common Core. 

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New York State Education Commissioner John King

"when they say we should wait on assessing students for college or career readiness, that's where I disagree with them," said King.

King stresses assessments have always been a part of the academic program.

The goal of Common Core is to ensure students stay on track to college or career readiness.

"So rather than have students discover, when they get to college, that they're not ready to do the college level work, we've built an assessment system, now with the Common Core standards, that will help us get good information to families all the way through a student's academic experience about how they are doing," said King.

Tuesday schools students in grades third through eighth across the state begin taking English Language Arts tests know as ELAs.

But some parents say they are opting out and will keep their kids home. There is growing concern by parents and many teachers that too much time is being spent on preparing the tests instead of the traditional classroom teaching. 

King defends the testing, noting that it is important to gauge how well a child is doing in school. 

"Whether or not their reading or math skills reflect a path that will take them to college and career success," said King. 

New York State is among 44 other states that adopted the Common Core Leaning Standards.