Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin (R,C,I-Schaghticoke) today commented on passage of a bill in the Assembly that will address concerns about teacher evaluations and Common Core testing. Assembly Bill 7303-A, which McLaughlin co-sponsored, extends the State Education Department’s (SED) deadline to create a new teacher evaluation system and the deadline by which school districts must negotiate and implement the new plans. The legislation also removes the requirement that school districts must implement the new plans to receive a school aid increase and requires that SED release a significant amount of test questions and answers from the ELA and math assessments given in grades three through eight; among other initiatives.
“I am glad that my Democratic colleagues in the Assembly have finally joined the Republican Conference to protect teachers and reform the irresponsible implementation of Common Core,” McLaughlin said. “This bill is a step in the right direction but more needs to be done. Our parents, teachers and students are still unsatisfied with the Common Core curriculum’s implementation, and the Republican Conference’s Achieving Pupil Preparedness and Launching Excellence (APPLE) Plan must come before the house for a vote. It is unfortunate that it took this long for Democrats to realize that change is necessary and we could’ve alleviated many of these concerns last year. I hope this bill gets the ball rolling on further reforms and I will continue to champion this issue until no further harm can be done.”
Assemblyman McLaughlin represents the 107th district, which consists of parts of Rensselaer, Columbia and Washington counties. For more information,
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