Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the state Legislature may look to reform the controversial Common Core standards, saying the issue is out of his hands.
Cuomo has called for tougher teacher standards and improved accountability in schools. He has linked state grants to schools who outperform their peers. Yet he said the Common Core complaints rest with the Legislature and the state Education Department, which are not under his direct control.
“It’s something we’re watching very closely, and it’s something that might be the subject of legislative changes next year,” Cuomo told reporters on Staten Island. “But it’s not anything that I control, so we are watching.”
Lawmakers have hinted at looking at ways to modify Common Core, which has led to an increase in testing of students in third through eighth grades. Teachers are also facing more rigorous performance reviews, based in part on student test scores.
The Legislature returns to Albany in January.
Cuomo said some of the rollout of Common Core, which started last school year, has been “problematic.”
“It’s actually a decision that the state Education Department is going to make,” Cuomo said.