NY Speaker: Delay High-Stakes Common Core Tests

ALBANY -

New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver on Tuesday called for at least a two-year delay in the use of Common Core-aligned tests for high-stakes decisions about firing teachers and principals, or graduating students.

Silver and Assemblywoman Cathy Nolan, who chairs the education committee, issued a statement citing “serious issues” with the Cuomo administration’s rollout of the more difficult learning standards across New York’s nearly 700 school districts. Scores dropped when grade 3-through-8 assessments were based on the standards for the first time last spring.