July 9, 2015
ALBANY, NY – Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R, Corning) believes that one big victory of this legislative session are the Common Core reforms that were passed.
“Testing transparency, requiring the state education department to release the questions, to review the learning standards and creating a content review committee,” Palmesano told WLEA News. “And also to prohibit the gag order, where many teachers were not permitted to talk about the test questions”, Palmesano called those reforms positive developments.
Yet Palmesano maintains that the fight is not quite over yet, “we’ve made some progress, but we have a lot more work to do.” The Corning Republican is concerned that endless testing will still be a problem. “Testing should not focus so much on evaluations,” Palmesano told WLEA, warning that the more testing is about evaluating teachers performance, the more stress there will be on both students and educators.