As the battle over potential changes to the controversial Common Core standards begins to take shape in New York, an official in Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration is reacting cooly to a package of preliminary recommendations being made by Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia.

The commissioner, who outlined the recommendations on Monday ahead of the department’s task force to revise and study the standards, suggested

-Extending the current freeze on the reporting of test results for grades three through eight on permanent records through the 2018-19 school year
-The creation of an advisory council for computer-based tests.
-Spending $10 million to create Native Language Arts examinations that would allow those learning English to take the tests in Spanish
-An additional $2.9 million for alternative assessments for students deemed to have severe disabilities.
-The creation of a “teacher portal” that would enable educators across the state to receive additional resources in the rollout of Common Core in history and science.
-A proposed five-year spending plan for teacher and principal professional development.

The Cuomo administration official, however, was not impressed.

“SED’s recommendations only offer more of the status quo and are just thinly veiled requests for financial resources by a state agency,” the official said.

The comment highlights the tricky nature of overhauling Common Core next year. Cuomo has convened a panel of his own to make potential recommendations to Common Core, and the committee is due to release its proposals by January, in time for the State of the State address.

Included on the revision panel for Common Core is Elia herself, who replaced John King as education commissioner in July.

Cuomo has increasingly edged toward supporting changes to Common Core after about 20 percent of students opted out of the April round of math and English Language Arts examinations.

At the same time, lawmakers have continued to push for changes from the teacher evaluation criteria that was approved in the March budget agreement.

Cuomo, a proponent of stringent standards for teachers, successfully won the passage of a measure that made it harder to obtain teacher tenure while also linking evaluations to test scores and in-classroom observation.