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State May Give High School Students More Time to Meet New Learning Standards

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The state may give high school students more time to meet new learning standards.

A Board of Regents work group is recommending making the class of 2022 the first one required to pass English and math exams aligned with the Common Core.

Originally, the class of 2017 was supposed to be first.

State Education Commissioner John King said that a delay doesn't invalidate the standards.

"Board members who believe it is as true today as it was in 2009, when we began this process, that we need to raise standards, that we need more of our students to be ready for college and careers when they graduate from high school, that the remediation rates in our colleges across the state are unacceptable, and we can do better, and we will do better," King said.

Even with a delay, current high school freshmen would still have to take Regents exams aligned with Common Core, but they'd be able to pass with a lower score.

The Regents also say that teachers whose jobs are on the line because of poor test scores should be able to claim that their districts didn't prepare them well enough for the new standards.

Governor Andrew Cuomo is blasting that, calling it "yet another in a long series of roadblocks to a much-needed evaluation system which the Regents had stalled putting in place for years."

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