New Yorkers are unsettled about recent trends in education, particularly the state’s implementation of what’s known as the new Common Core standards, part of a national effort to raise the level of classroom instruction. The poll finds 49% have doubts about the program, while only 45% said they have confidence in the new program.
The program has been controversial in New York, where parents and teachers have confronted the state’s Education Commissioner, John King, in public meetings. They say children are stressed from all of the new tests being administered as part of the transition and that too much time is being taken away from classroom learning.
When respondents were asked what they think about the new tests, the majority, 52%, said they think there are just too many of them.
“The one thing we know that voters do agree on is testing,” said Siena's Steve Greenberg. “That there is too much testing in the schools.”
Cuomo, who once said he intended to be the lobbyist for students, has mostly kept out of the debate, saying he understands that big changes can have a rocky start, but that he supports the national shift to the Common Core standards.