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Senate education report calls for fewer tests, more privacy protections

Less testing. Better protections for student data. Those are among the most critical recommendations in a 30-page report on the Common Core released Thursday by Senate Education Committee Chairman John Flanagan (R – Nassau). Senator Flanagan discussed the report on WCNY’s The Capitol Pressroom on Friday.

The report includes both legislative changes and reforms the committee is pushing SED to implement immediately. The legislative changes include a ban on standardized testing from pre-k through second grade as well as the elimination of some testing for older students. Senator Flanagan is also proposing legislation to mandate an independent audit to review and evaluate the tests.

In a letter to Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch and State Education Commission John King, Senator John Flanagan pulled no punches regarding the rollout of the Common Core, stating “The successful execution of any plan is almost always preceded by good – if not excellent – preparation, which was glaringly deficient” in State Ed’s planning and execution of the new standards. Speaking to that frustration, the report demands State ed to “immediately” produce lesson plans that are currently missing from the state’s Engage NY website.

The report comes after a series of public hearings around the state held by members of the Senate Education Committee.

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