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Saranac Lake middle school students take the state standardized English language arts test in April 2012 in the school's gymnasium. Photo: Chris Knight via Adirondack Daily Enterprise
Saranac Lake middle school students take the state standardized English language arts test in April 2012 in the school's gymnasium. Photo: Chris Knight via Adirondack Daily Enterprise

School starts, Common Core continues

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North Country schools are back in session this week. And districts across the state are continuing to implement Common Core, New York's state's new and challenging curriculum.

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Last spring the first round of Common Core testing produced low scores.  
 
Tim Kremer is executive director of the New York State School Boards Association. On the public radio program Capitol Pressroom yesterday, Kremer said the state required schools to implement the new curriculum too fast.
 
"In my opinion we should have taken time to set forth these new higher expectation, these common core standards," Kremer said. "Then let’s roll out the curriculum, the professional development associated with that, to make sure that we’re teaching in the classroom to those higher standards. Then let’s roll out some assessments that are in alignments with the curriculum that these kids have been exposed to. Then let’s start evaluating teachers using some of that student performance data as a portion of their evaluation. We did all of that at once."
 
Kremer  also said it’s hard to apply the new standards to different types of students.     
 
"You saw kids with learning disabilities, kids with disabilities, kids who are English language learners, being judged against the same standard as the general education population."

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