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State officials defend new Common Core standards

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The State Board of Regents isn't backing off on its Common Core system. The new standards have been criticized since the spring when new standardized tests produced drastically lower scores.Robert Bennett, Chancellor Emeritus of the State Board of Regents, said the State Education Department is working across the board, from supporting elementary school students, who didn't do well on the tests, to high school students who face exams in the spring based on the Common Core.

College and university training programs are preparing teachers to  incorporate the new rules.

"We call this a new baseline from which we would hope the Common Core will continue to grow. A ton of extra help is on (the website) Engage New York," Bennett said. 

"With Student Learning Objectives now a requirement, negotiated locally by the way, with Teacher Evaluation in place, with Principal Evaluation in place, there are no more excuses. Period," Bennett said.