The New York State Board of Regents approved new learning standards Monday for English Language Arts and Mathematics. The revised standards are the result of a two-year public process which involved educators, parents and other stakeholders.

“The standards we adopted today continue to be rigorous, to challenge New York’s students to do more and to prepare them for life in the 21st century,” Board of Regents Chancellor Betty A. Rosa said. “Throughout the entire process, we worked collaboratively and transparently, receiving valuable input from educators and parents, as well as experts in teaching English language learners, students with disabilities and our youngest learners.”

The board has vowed to continue to listen to stakeholders as the standards are implemented. State Education Commissioner Mary Ellen Elia said it will take time for teachers and students to adjust.

“Our implementation timetable allows for professional development and curriculum development to occur before any student takes a State assessment based on the new standards,” she said. “That’s the fair and smart thing to do for our teachers and our students.”

Adoption of the Next Generation Standards begins immediately but under the projected timeline, they won’t be fully implemented until the 2020 school year. The new testing would start in Spring 2021.

In the meantime, the current two-day Common Core assessments will continue.

“We thank parents and teachers across the state for the input they provided to the Regents and State Education Department on the new standards, yet there is still more work to do. The Next Generation Standards, like all standards, are living, breathing documents. NYSUT will continue to work to ensure our members’ input is shared at the state level,” New York State United Teachers said in a statement.

The draft standards were presented to the Board of Regents in May and the final round of public comment closed in June. State Ed addressed some concerns from stakeholders including more guidance on how standards can be implemented for early childhood education and recoding Math standards to make sure they are not confused with the Common Core standards that have been in place.

High Achievement New York, a coalition of parents, teachers and community leaders, also commended the board for resisting pressure from some Common Core critics to eliminate standards altogether.

“Opponents of New York’s high expectations wanted standards thrown out. We applaud the Regents and SED for resisting those calls and instead doing what’s right for every student by voting for the Next Generation Learning Standards,” Executive Director Stephen Sigmund said. “The teachers, parents and stakeholders who reviewed and revised the standards made clear that improvement was the right way to go, and that judgment is confirmed by today’s vote. Continuing to set high expectations is the right direction, since student proficiency has grown every year since the implementation of new standards, and teachers and communities have worked incredibly hard to develop deeper learning in the classroom.”