Common Core

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New York State Education officials said there’s some improvement in the Common Core related Math and English tests taken by third through eighth graders this year, but admit that two-thirds of the students who took the test are still, essentially, failing the exams.

(AP Photo/Mike Groll)

Supporters of the opt out movement won 52 seats in Tuesday's school board elections on Long Island. More than half of school districts on Long Island now have at least some board members emphatically against Common Core-aligned standardized tests and how they are weighted in teacher evaluations.

This  could allow them to influence whether entire school districts administer the tests.

Education advocates are criticizing the New York State Board of Regents for only releasing half of the standardized test questions given to students in April and May.

Lisa Rudley, a parent and co-founder of the New York State Allies for Public Education, said the state owes parents and educators a full release of the standardized test questions.

“So if we are going to spend a great deal of curriculum time on test preparation we should know why we’re doing this and what the validity of the questions are.” Rudley said.

LI fundraiser pits protestors against Cuomo

Apr 29, 2014
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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo attended a fundraiser for the Suffolk County Democratic Committee on Monday night.  He was met with hundreds of protestors demanding changes to everything from gun laws to common core.

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Albany lawmakers are voting on a blizzard of budget bills that were hammered out over the weekend. The budget includes money for a property tax rebate for homeowners and a number of education initiatives. While many are satisfied with the education funding some more satisfied than others.

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