As the fallout in New York over the Common Core implementation continues, Senate Education Committee Chairman John Flanagan on Thursday announced he was recommending in a report to the state Education Department plans to support legislation that would address “unnecessary/over-testing” of students.

Flanagan in a statement said the report will also recommend budget proposals to increase aid for professional development and accountability measures in that would address student testing as well as privacy concerns raised by the Education Data Portal.

“Regardless of where you live, all parents want the same thing for their children – a good education,” stated Senator Flanagan. “Our State’s most basic obligation is to make sure all students are given the best chance at success in school and life. Setting rigorous academic standards to ensure that all students are college and career ready should always be an important goal. However, it must balanced by a fair and even implementation of those new standards to allow our children to adjust and adapt appropriately. The recommendations contained within this report are a good first step in taken corrective action on the problems associated with implementing new state learning standards.”

The report comes after a series of public hearings on the Common Core implementation and after Education Commissioner John King received harsh critiques of how the new standards were being implemented at town-hall forums around the state.

The report, which was forwarded to state education officials, was received as a good “starting point” by the state teachers union NYSUT.

​“Clearly, the voices of students, parents and educators are being heard,” said NYSUT President Richard C. Iannuzzi in a statement. “The rising anger and frustration in communities and schools resulting from a rushed and poor implementation plan, misguided timing and obsession with testing must now be addressed through significant policy changes, a stronger state investment and acknowledgement that the major course corrections that are necessary will take additional time.  New York state must pause, approve a three-year moratorium on high-stakes consequences from testing, and put real energy into getting it right – for the sake of our students, educators and communities.”

2013-12-12 Education Committee Report by Nick Reisman