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NYSED launches online Common Core survey

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The New York  State Education Department is looking for public input on the Common Core Learning Standards. It has launched an online survey. WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley says it allows comment on both the ELA and Math standards.

"We have a committee planned to review all of the responses that come in on the survey and make recommendations to me, the commissioner and then to our Board of Regents," said MaryEllen Elia, State Education Commissioner. 

Elia appeared in the Buffalo area just one day after launching the new survey.  This effort is called AIMHighNY

Elia noted  there is much confusion about the Common Core Standards.  She said this is not about teacher evaluations or over testing. 

"It takes each of the standards and it has specific questions and you can give your feedback on that standard in both language arts and mathematics for pre-k through 12," stated Elia.
More than 2,000 standards were adopted in the state in 2010.  Elia is a member of the Governor's Common Core Task Force that is conducting a full-review of the implementation of the standards.

Elia was pressed about the strong opt-out movement that occurred this past spring. Some students refused to take assessments.  Elia is promising there are some changes for 2016.

"We have already hired another company, Quester, who will be designing the tests.  This spring, we have shorten the test in both language arts and mathematics in all grades three through eight. I think that is a particularly important thing, since a number of parents  and teachers across the state told me they're too long," said Elia. 

Elia said she is anticipating teachers, practitioners and parents will offer their feedback for standards from each grade level so the education department has a broad response from the classroom to  families.  

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