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Madrid-Waddington to host Common Core forum

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MADRID – Madrid-Waddington Central School Superintendent Lynn M. Roy said Tuesday that Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s plan to review the way New York rolled out its new Common Core curriculum was “good news.”

Gov. Cuomo used his annual budget address to call for a panel of education experts and legislators to come up with improvements to the plan.

Mrs. Roy didn’t get a chance to see the governor’s speech, but she said she was “pleased to hear that there is a realization that the implementation was flawed at the state level.”

The district was one of the first in the state to speak out against the state’s new curriculum mandate. Like Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, Mrs. Roy said she still believes the Common Core is a good education standard for students, but sees its implementation as “too much, too soon.”

“My concern now is that we continue going forward with the implementation and that is not delayed,” she said. “Because we have done so much so fast, I don’t want it to be in any way compromised.”

She said she hopes the changes also benefit teachers.

“If anything there could be a moratorium, if you would, on the timed state assessments – the teacher evaluations – because the assessments aren’t completely developed yet, and we haven’t had the opportunity to fully implement the Common Core, so I don’t think it is fair that teacher evaluations are tied to them,” Mrs. Roy said.

As part of series of ongoing series of community forums with parents, Madrid-Waddington administrators and the Parent Teacher Organization will host a community breakfast to discuss the Common Core curriculum with parents.

The breakfast will be held Feb. 8 from 9 to 11 a.m.

Mrs. Roy said the agenda will be determined by an administrative team and the PTO, but the presentation will include a detailed explanations of the Common Core and state and local assessments.

The intent is to “accurately inform” as well as correct any misinformation that parents might have about the Common Core, she said.

“I would like to also have teachers and administrators talk about Madrid-Waddington’s plan to implement Common Core,” she said.

On Jan. 8, each student in the district was sent home with a letter inviting them to participate in the forum, Mrs. Roy said.

The school received 85 responses from parents by the Jan. 15 deadline. Thirty-nine parents were interested in participating. Forty-six requested that additional information on the Common Core be sent to them in the mail.

“That is a significant number,” Mrs. Roy said.

Because of the popularity of the topic, administrators are going to consider live streaming the event or putting video of the event on the school’s website, Mrs. Roy said.

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