commoncoreAs Gov. Andrew Cuomo convenes a panel to potentially overhaul Common Core standards in New York, a group that backs them is holding a series of roundtable discussions on the issue.

The group, High Achievement New York, will co-host a discussion on Common Core alongside the Urban League of Rochester on Wednesday

The event is part of a series of discussions on Common Core, with events already held in Buffalo, New York City and Albany. Discussions are set to be held Rochester and Cortland this week.

In an email invitation to the Rochester event, William Clark of the Rochester Urban League writes the discussion is aimed at turning the temperature down on the heated debate over the standards.

“The goal of this event focuses upon sharing the experiences of the participants with New York’s transition to higher standards in education, without the charged rhetoric that so often affects discussions surrounding the Common Core Standards,” Clark wrote.

Future events will be held in Westchester County as well as the North Country region.

The Rochester event is due to include a participant from the Rochester Business Association, while the Cortland discussion will include someone from the American Association of University Women.

A discussion highlighting Common Core comes as the controversial standards remain very much a part of the political discussion in Albany.

Cuomo this summer announced he would consider potential changes to the standards, including a new name, after the Department of Education reported roughly 20 percent of students chose to opt out of the April round of standardized testing in English Language Arts and math.

Cuomo has said he continues to back higher standards for students, but wants to alleviate stress placed on students, teachers and parents over the standards, and possibly reduce the number of tests students are subjected to.