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Ceretto votes to roll back Common Core

by jmaloni


Thu, Mar 6th 2014 09:40 am

Assemblyman John Ceretto, R-C-I-Lewiston, voted Wednesday to roll back several parts of the Common Core standards he said have detrimental effects in New York classrooms.

The bill that passed the Assembly would stop Common Core-aligned testing for grades K-2 and prohibits sharing student test results with third-party vendors.

Though Ceretto said he hopes to see a moratorium on the testing, and has advocated for a bill that goes further, he said this legislation is a step in the right direction.

"I am happy to vote for a rollback of the flawed Common Core standards," Ceretto said. "While I would like to do more, this legislation is a first step toward restoring a positive learning environment in our classrooms. In particular, the protection of student testing information from third parties needs to be passed and implemented immediately. I will continue to work toward a moratorium on the Common Core mandates that gives us an opportunity to hear from parents, teachers and students, so we can get it right and deliver the best possible education to our children."

Ceretto supports the APPLE Plan, a comprehensive reform agenda that resulted from 11 forums held across the state. The APPLE Plan legislation would place a moratorium on all Common Core assessments, eliminate the 2011 education cuts, provide resources to teachers for professional development, and establish a "Blue Ribbon Commission" to evaluate the implementation of Common Core.

More information about the APPLE Plan can be found at bit.ly/educationalcrossroads.

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