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October 20, 2013

King reverses forums stance

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Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — The Common Core Learning Standards, adopted by the state Board of Regents in 2010, are supposed to help students be better prepared for college and careers, state officials have said. The standards are based on a more narrowly focused curriculum that favors depth over covering a wider range of topics and skills.

As a result, state tests including ELA and math assessments have increased in difficulty. This past spring, the first time the tougher tests were given, schools across the state saw scores plummet.

King said the new round of forums will be scheduled over the next six weeks; details for all the events will be finalized early this week. The first forum will be held Oct. 24 in the Albany City School District.

Other locations for the forums are Rochester, Westchester, two each in Suffolk and Nassau counties, Schroon Lake, Binghamton, Amherst, Syracuse and Jamestown.

The four PBS televised forums will be in November in Syracuse, Plattsburgh and Binghamton, and December in Rochester. Additional PBS forums will be scheduled, King said.

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