Parents in East Greenbush got a chance to learn more about the education changes, in a forum lead by the school district and the state. YNN's Erin Vannella reports.
EAST GREENBUSH, N.Y. -- Shifts in New York Education sent parents in East Greenbush back to school.
"It's hard for us to teach them what they've learned when they're trying to teach us at the same time," said Kim Engle, a parent.
Kara Mueller, another parent, added, "We want to make sure we're teaching them at home, as much as they are teaching them in school. And I don't mean that against the teachers, by any stretch of the imagination."
Parents worry new common core standards is too much, too soon. The curriculum is designed to encourage kids to think critically about science, arts and math, and to test well and advance to high education.
Engle said, "Math? I'm struggling with some of her math now in fifth. It's pretty in depth."
School administrators offered their support.
"It has been a very, very difficult learning curve, for us. Yet homework, has always existed.
Testing has always existed. It's changed, but I would say there's a little more to it. But learning to stay ahead of that curve, and being proactive about it, is really a great approach to take," said Dr. Angela Nagle, East Greenbush School District Superintendent.
Administrators admit it will be challenging. However, they said with the right resources and information to help students achieve those standards, administrators believe everyone will win.
"Knowing they are some of the things that I already do. So I go through the backpacks, I review the work they come home with. I just try to encourage what they are doing at school," said Mueller.
Superintendent Dr. Angela Nagle said she hopes these standards continue to evolve, as test results come in. Although, she has already questioned some of the new standards that have gone into effect, including the frequency of testing and if they really need to be timed.