common core

A Voorheesville algebra teacher is emblematic of teachers across the state who this week learned they would have to change their lessons to fit last-minute backtracking in the Common Core roll-out.

Legislators listened to teachers, parents, and school leaders with complaints about how new standards will serve students with special needs who are better off with individualized goals.

Guilderland has 20 teachers on required improvement plans, a measure the superintendent says is unwarranted because the numbers from hastily implemented state tests, she said, don't mean much.

Administrators want to increase time for teachers to analyze data from their classrooms and create alternative education classrooms during the day and evenings.

The worth of an education cannot be measured in test scores; rather, its value becomes apparent as life unfolds. Schools must be careful not to cut or curb what most ignites students' passions.

“We’re going to make BKW a wildly exciting and successful place for all of us,” said Audrey Roettgers, appointed at the end of July.

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