commoncoreGov. Andrew Cuomo praised the tenure of outgoing Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch on Monday, but at the same time indicated he will push for broad reforms to the state’s education curriculum and Common Core standards.

Tisch announced at a regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Regents she will not seek re-election to the post in March, a move that comes as the Cuomo administration seeks to overhaul the controversial education standards that were rolled out on Tisch’s watch.

“Merryl Tisch is an extraordinary citizen,” Cuomo said in New York City earlier in the day. “This is a woman who gave her time and energy to public service. She did not have to do this. It’s a tough, tough area to work in because it’s a controversial and people have different ideas.”

But in recent weeks, Cuomo has indicated he will begin to emphasize a new direction in education after a legislative session that saw yet more changes to the state’s teacher evaluation system that linked performance reviews to tenure as well as student test scores and in-classroom observation.

Beyond the perennial battle over dividing up school funding, education policy has increasingly become a political football at the state Capitol, and state lawmakers are likely eager next year to return to their districts with a tangible victory to sell to constituents as all 213 seats in the Senate and Assembly are up for re-election.

Cuomo has come under fire for his education policies from the state’s teachers unions and state lawmakers reluctantly approved the changes in part because they were tied to a boost in state education aid.

The governor’s Common Core panel expects to have recommendations for Cuomo in changing the standards by January.

“This is also a time where you are going to see a lot of changes in the education system,” Cuomo said. “The Common Core system I think almost everyone uniformly agrees needs dramatic reform.”

Asked if he believed Tisch did a good job as chancellor, Cuomo called her “an extraordinary person.”

But he added: “We have a lot of changes to make in education.”