Tedisco Statement on Common Core Task Force Report

Statement from Assemblyman Jim Tedisco (R,C,I-Glenville)


“The Common Core Task Force Report has 21 common sense recommendations we’ve been seeking for several years including reducing the amount of testing and testing anxiety, making sure curriculum and exams are age appropriate and not placing such a heavy emphasis on teacher evaluations and student performance on the standardized test scores.”  


“Intentions are fine, fulfilling those goals is what’s most important. For that reason, there should be a a 22nd recommendation to ensure if parents believe the state hasn’t lived up to the intent of the Task Force’s 21 recommendations then schools must notify them of their right to opt their children out of the grade 3-8 standardized tests without fear of reprisal to the students, teachers or schools as I have called for in my Common Core Parental Refusal Act (A.6025/S.4161).”


“Certainly, the Task Force’s recommendations are a better Holiday present than the lump of coal that was shoved in the stockings of students and educators this past spring when the Governor and the Majority doubled down on Common Core testing and the overemphasis on standardized testing for teacher evaluations.”


“It’s easy to issue a snazzy report and talk the talk in December to grab some headlines. Let’s see if the Governor and Leaders will actually walk the walk next year and pass the legislation to actually send Common Core and its culture of over-testing to the dustbin of history.”