State announces new Common Core standards proposal

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The state education commissioner announced Tuesday proposed changes to the Common Core learning standards that were first adopted in 2011.

Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia made the announcement while a large amount of students were expected to opt out of the state math test.

According to Newsday, the revamped standards seek to strike a balance between fictional and nonfictional readings in English classes and to ensure that lessons are "age appropriate," especially in the early grades, Elia said. Some of the revisions already were revealed in September.

"This is about standards, this is not about opt-out," said the commissioner. "Right now, this is about establishing new standards as a result of significant influence from teachers, parents and experts related to what should be taught for every child in New York state so they can be successful."

Jeanette Deutermann, opt-out activist, said if the new standards are tied to high-stakes testing and a test-based curriculum "you strip away local control and pervert the standards for what they are meant to be."

The revised standards could be voted on by the Board of Regents as early as June, but Elia did point out that there will be no immediate changes made to the state assessments.

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