Hundreds of parents attended Thursday's meeting run by the New York State Department of Education about the new common core curriculum. YNN's Erin Vannella reports.
ALBANY, N.Y. -- Hundreds of parents gathered in Albany on Thursday to discuss new changes to their children's education.
New York State Education Commissioner John King spoke about the common core curriculum at Harriet Myers School. Thursday's meeting marked the first one since a previous series of forums were canceled due to a disruptive meeting in Poughkeepsie.
The latest meeting went more smooth than the first one. Parents were able to ask questions about what the new common core meeting means for their children. Despite overwhelming criticism, King said he will not delay the reforms. However, he is open to some adjustments.
"The entire board of regents and I are committed to making this adjustment as we move forward. Change is really hard and of course we’re going to make adjustments along the way," said Dr. King. "But both in New York and around the country there’s a strong consensus that we need to do more to ensure that our students are prepared for college and career success and for the sake of students we can’t afford to stop that work. "
The changes include new curriculum and tougher standardized tests linked to teacher evaluations. Critics of the education changes say it places too much pressure on students and educators to ace tests. Supporters of the plan said it will better prepare students for college and a competitive work force.
The plan is to host 11 more forums across the state, some of which will be televised on PBS.
For more information on the other scheduled forums head to NYSED.gov.