A report released Thursday by a group that’s backed education standards found New York has made strides on the issue following several years of contentious debate in Albany.

The report found the state has, along with 19 other states that adopted the Common Core standards, kept those standards closely aligned with the national model.

“New York educators, parents, and community leaders spent the last two years reviewing and improving the standards without compromising what matters most – a quality education for all students. The Next Generation Learning Standards continue the high expectations of Common Core, without the political baggage of the name. Like the vast majority of states that undertook a review process, these standards are a local revision, not a replacement,” said Stephen Sigmund, the executive director of High Achievement New York. “Now we must ensure the smoothest possible implementation to give every student the chance to be on track for a successful future.”

The report found New York’s review of its standards was the longest and the most comprehensive and the state’s revised standards did not replace the controversial Common Core standards. At the same time, 41 states are still using education standards that are largely in line with Common COre.

Nationally, there are 21 states in the country that have finalized their review of academic standards that remain similar to Common Core.

“Our members need skilled employees now more than ever, and our schools must provide our children with the skills necessary to compete outside the classroom,” said Heather C. Briccetti, Esq., president and CEO of The Business Council of New York State, Inc. “This study proves that New York is leading the nation – not only by setting high standards, but by taking the time to listen to parents and teachers about improving them. Together, these steps are paving the way for a successful future for our children and the economic growth of New York State.”

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