Common Core Graduation Standards, Data Collection Delayed In New York

Common Core is like Obamacare, now that people know what’s in it they don’t like it. So we’re getting delays. In New York, the data mining that’s supposed to track our kids from kindergarten through college (and possibly their whole lives) has been delayed until the next school year. I think they should scrap it completely. Talk about Big Brother.

Citing concerns over privacy, state education officials today announced they will postpone the launch of a statewide student database until next school year, the Associated Press reported this morning.

Meanwhile, some people — many parents and Dutchess County politicians, even those who have protested other aspects of Race to the Top, like Common Core and inBloom Inc. — are just finding out about the state’s P-20 Longitudinal Data System, known as P-20. Some haven’t heard of it.

P-20 is a shared student data collection program that refers to the period between pre-K and workforce entry. (Read More)

New York is also delaying the graduation standards by five years, just in time for my fourth grader to graduate.

The change takes some heat off the Class of 2017 — current ninth-graders — who were to be the first class to face the full extent of the new standards. Now the Class of 2022 — current fourth-graders — will be the first.

The move means that those fourth-graders will have to take and pass five Common Core-aligned Regents exams in order to graduate. Current ninth-graders will have to take five Common Core exams, but they will not have to meet what the state calls “college- and career-ready standards” in order to graduate. They will only have to pass the tests at a level similar to getting a 65 on current Regents exams. (Read More)

Instead of delays they should just scrap Common Core. Even the teachers union agrees.

Related: Marezilla talks about how hurting children is a feature, not a bug, of Common Core.