04/02/14 3:30pm
04/02/2014 3:30 PM
Mattituck-Cutchogue School District residents gathered Wednesday at the elementary school for a Common Core presentation. (Credit: Jennifer Gustavson)

The Mattituck-Cutchogue School District held a Common Core meeting last month at the elementary school. (Credit: Jennifer Gustavson)

Some local schools saw unexpected surges in the number of students declining to participate Tuesday in the first of three days of state English Language Arts assessments.

What’s known as the opt-out movement is being pushed by parents, and educators statewide continue to protest so-called high-stakes testing tied to the controversial Common Core State Standards. (more…)

03/23/14 8:30am
03/23/2014 8:30 AM

Testing

We’ve heard a lot recently about the “new” SAT, the national standardized test created and marketed by the private, not-for-profit College Board and used by many colleges and universities as the most important part of their admissions process. It is in the news because of the fear it instills in almost every high school student in America: the underlying message is “Blow the SAT and forget about your future.” (more…)

03/20/2014 6:24 PM
Mattituck-Cutchogue School District residents gathered Wednesday at the elementary school for a Common Core presentation. (Credit: Jennifer Gustavson)

The Mattituck-Cutchogue School District held a Common Core meeting Wednesday at the elementary school. (Credit: Jennifer Gustavson)

About 60 people attended Mattituck-Cutchogue School District’s presentation Wednesday evening about how Common Core standards are being achieved inside the classroom.

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03/18/2014 8:00 AM

Students and staff at the morning buses at Cutchogue East Elementary School on the first day of the 2013-14 school year. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder, file)

The Mattituck-Cutchogue School District is hosting its first Common Core public forum 7 p.m. on Wednesday at the Cutchogue East Elementary School library.

The meeting is expected to cover how new state-mandated academic standards are being implemented in the district’s K-12 program and a review of upcoming English Language Arts and mathematics assessments.

Administrators, teachers and school board members are scheduled to participate in the forum.

jennifer@timesreview.com

03/18/14 6:00am

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Since the moment I was sworn in as your assemblyman, the one topic that seems to come up in just about every conversation is the implementation of Common Core. I have listened to parents, educators, students and taxpayers about the myriad Common Core issues and problems that plague our children and schools. The Common Core mandate provides for a series of new national education standards administered at the state level through a series of federal mandates and grants. Though well-intentioned, the rollout and implementation of Common Core has been acutely fl awed, raising the ire of most parents and stakeholders in the education system. (more…)

03/11/14 10:00am
03/11/2014 10:00 AM
Governor Andrew Cuomo. (Credit: NYS Executive Chamber, courtesy file)

Governor Andrew Cuomo said Monday new Common Core implementation recommendations doesn’t include slowing down or halting teacher evaluations. (Credit: NYS Executive Chamber, courtesy file)

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Monday his newly formed Common Core Implementation Panel has released its preliminary recommendations on how the the state could improve rolling out new academic standards within New York public schools.

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02/20/14 8:00am
02/20/2014 8:00 AM
(Courtesy photo by Stony Brook University)

School superintendents David Gamberg, Steven Cohen and Michael Hynes have scheduled a public forum on March 13 at Stony Brook University’s Wang Center. (Courtesy photo by Stony Brook University)

Speaking out against a recent push in state-mandated education testing just isn’t enough for some local superintendents. (more…)