State Education Commissioner John King held another forum about the common core curriculum in Westchester County. YNN's Jessica Chen has more on what parents and teachers had to say about the changes.
PORT CHESTER, N.Y. -- One by one, parents and educators took to the stand Monday night at Port Chester Middle School to express their concerns about the New York State Common Core Curriculum.
"I assure you, Commissioner, that I am not alone in this endless struggle," said an attendee at the public forum.
Parents and educators at the meeting said they feel the new curriculum was implemented too fast. They said it's hurting how students learn and perform in school.
"Need more time to learn it, to implement it, to make sure we can differentiate it for students with special needs and for those who are already excelling," said Kent Elementary School teacher Anthony Cardinale
New York State Education Commissioner John King said the common core curriculum is intended to better prepare students for college and careers. The changes were made to English and Math subjects in 2010.
"The 21st century economy requires that students be prepared to meet higher demands," said Commissioner King.
He said he's open to making adjustments in the standards, but wants parents and educators to remain patient.
"The regent set out in 2010 a long term process, and we will continue to do our work and make adjustments along the way," said King.
But for John Delvecchio, 10, he said school at Thomas Jefferson Elementary was becoming too hard.
"The work is very confusing and often doesn't make any sense," said Delvecchio.
His mother said, as a result of the common core curriculum, she transferred Delvecchio to a private school this year.
"The fact is, our schools are in trouble for a lot of other reasons, but not because we have low standards," said an attendee.
Commissioner King said the common core curriculum is a 7 year process. He said it won't be until 2017 when the curriculum will truly reflect how effective it is. But in the meantime, he is urging parents and educators to be patient in the process.