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Letter: Let Cuomo Make Reforms

A day after New York State Regents chose to disregard efforts to dismiss poor-performing teachers based on Common Core testing, Gov. Andrew Cuomo fired back, “There is a difference between remedying the system for students and parents and using this situation as yet another excuse to stop the teacher- evaluation process.” Regents listened and agreed to put teacher performance back on the table.

As far as all those additional tests are concerned, editorial and in-depth reporting has broadly pointed out it was educators/unions that asked for additional testing, at the district level, to account for half of their evaluation, which is 40 percent under Common Core. But again, Regents is listening and has proposed several actions to reduce testing. To see their proposals, go to www.oms.nysed.gov/press/regents-adjust-common-core-implementation.html

While it may be appropriate to hold Regents, Department of Education and Cuomo accountable for the current state of Common Core, it may be in the best interests of our children not to link its rollout with Common Core’s mandate. All parties share responsibility.

Having graduated with an engineering degree and performed well in a profession that uses inherently inaccurate metrics such as forecasts to evaluate 65-75 percent of my performance, I find it difficult as a former student, parent, and employee to see the wisdom in any effort to block much-needed reforms.

We ought to support the governor on his vision to transform education in New York State.

David Martin