The New York State Assembly has introduced legislation to delay the use the Common Core testing standards on students’ grades and teachers’ evaluation, the latest move by state officials to address the outcry over the controversial program.
The bill is set for approval by the Democratic-led Assembly on Monday, Assembly Officials said.
The bill would delay much of the Common Core testing, particularly for third through eighth grades, from being used in evaluating the performance of students and teachers for two years. After its first year last school year, Common Core testing led to a major drop in test results.
The legislation would order the state Education Department commissioner to look at ways to eliminate some testing and ban standardized tests in kindergarten through second grade. The bill would also delay the implementation of an online-data portal to collect student information until July 2015. And it would give parents the right to opt out their students from participating in the portal, which has been met with skepticism about whether it would be secure.
The portal was set to start in September.