A few hours after Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Assembly Education Chairwoman Cathy Nolan backed a minimum two-year postponement of Common Core, the leaders of the Senate majority coalition on Tuesday are also calling for a delay.

In a statement released by Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos, Senate IDC Leader Jeff Klein and Senate Education Committee Chairman John Flanagan, the lawmakers say they “continue to have grave concerns” over the roll out of the national education standards.

“Unless the Board of Regents acts to alleviate the concerns of parents, teachers and other educators, we call on the Regents to delay the use of Common Core tests for high-stakes decisions about teachers, principals and students for a minimum of two years,” the statement reads. “During this time, SED should continue to develop curricula aligned with higher standards and assist local school districts in developing their own curricula so teachers can successfully implement higher learning standards and help students reach their maximum potential.”

At the same time, the Senate backs a one-yuear moratorium on the proposal to share student data through the controversial third-party vendor inBloom.

In addition, students, parents, teachers, privacy experts and school administrators have raised serious concerns about the ability of unauthorized third-parties to access personally identifiable information (PII) of students, teachers and principals that will be collected on the state-wide Education Data Portal (EDP). Therefore, we reiterate our call for the Regents to delay operation of the Education Data Portal for at least one year.

The lawmakers add they continue to support the education standards, but the decision to push for the delay came out of meeting with parents, teachers, students and administrators at public hearings around the state.

The latest Common Core developments come after state Education Department Commissioner John King has acknowledged the roll out was flawed, but defended the standards to state lawmakers before multiple committee hearings and meetings

Gov. Andrew Cuomo proposed the creation of an education panel in his budget address last month that would recommend a series of legislative fixes to Common Core’s implementation that would be voted on by the end of the year.

Lawmakers, however, have indicated that timetable isn’t fast enough.

In a statement from the Board of Regents, King and Chancellor Merryl Tisch said they will work to improve implementation of Common Core.

“Earlier this year, Chancellor Tisch announced a Regents work group to review the implementation of the Common Core in New York. Next week, at the February Board of Regents meeting, the work group will present to the P-12 committee of the Board a series of possible options that reflect the input the Board has received from legislators and the public to make thoughtful adjustments to Common Core implementation,” King and Tisch said.