The State Education Commissioner discussed the Common Core Curriculum at a public forum in Dutchess County. As YNN's Michael Howard reports, many parents are still left with questions.
SPACKENKILL, N.Y. -- It was a full house inside Spackenkill High School Thursday night as parents, teachers and administrators gathered for a public forum regarding the new Common Core Curriculum. The meeting was held by the New York State PTA and New York State Education Commissioner Dr. John King.
Jennifer Kaufman was one of the parents who raised concern over the newly adopted curriculum.
She said, "I have 3 students in this school and I'm very actively involved in the school, so I have deep concerns about what’s happening at Spackenkill right now.”
The mother of three is worried the new standards will have a negative impact on students moving forward.
“Why are we doing this now to our ninth and eighth graders that are taking algebra? Will this affect their transcripts? It doesn’t seem fair to the students," she added.
The Common Core standards are a new way of learning for students. It encourages them to find different ways to find the answer to a problem. The new standards are now being used by many school districts in New York and 44 other states.
“In New York we have a history of rising to higher standards," said Dr. King.
King was the main speaker of the meeting and defended the new standards. He said the new standards will take time to get used to.
“There’s always some anxiety around any kind of change effort,” said Dr. King. “But we look forward over time to teachers, families, students to get to know the new standards.”
More meetings are scheduled for parents to address concerns about the new standards. The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday night in Garden City in Nassau County.