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PCS superintentendent discusses Board of Regents’ recommendations

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POTSDAM - Potsdam Central School Superintendent Patrick H. Brady shared information with his board this week detailing a series of recommendations made by the New York State Board of Regents connected to the rollout of the federally-mandated Common Core curriculum.

“This was a pretty interesting week for education and the Common Core,” Mr. Brady said, explaining a task force charged with taking a look at the implementation of the Common Core made 19 suggestions, all of which were adopted by the Board of Regents.

Among those recommendations were more equitable funding for professional development and a change in the cut scores that would require schools to provide remedial services.

“Probably the most significant change was providing more time for the schools to meet the standards,” Mr. Brady said, noting the class of 2022 will be the first class to graduate with the Common Core serving as the basis of their entire education.

“They will have to pass Regents level assessments that are aligned with the Common Core,” he said.

One issue the recommendations didn’t change, however, is how the Common Core is currently being implemented in elementary and middle schools.

“This doesn’t change things for grades three through eight,” he said. “They will still have the Common Core.”

A positive for students at the lower grade levels was the elimination of standardized testing for students in kindergarten through grade two.

Mr. Brady said he applauds the Board of Regents for listening to concerns raised by teachers, parents, and their constituents, although he hopes the state legislature will continue looking at the Common Core and its rollout.

“The Board of Regents probably went as far as they could go without legislation,” Mr. Brady said. “Now we’ll see if the legislature responds.”

One person not happy with recommendations was Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, Mr. Brady noted.

“The governor was not pleased,” he said, adding he is now creating his own task force to examine the Common Core and how it has been implemented and used so far.

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