Common Core Panelist From Western New York

Governor Cuomo announced who will be on a panel that will review the roll out of the Common Core Standards and one of the panelist is from Western New York.

Typically after school you'll find Todd Hathaway cleaning up after his three kids. He is a husband, parent, East Aurora High School teacher.

Anytime I can get policymakers to listen to us as parents as teachers about what we need to do to improve education I'm ready to go," Hathaway said.

Hathaway was notified Thursday that he has been chosen as one of the 11 members that will sit on Governor Cuomo's Common Core Panel.

"From what I understand the panel will be looking at the changes that have come about over the last several years, from the new curriculum standards to the new teacher evaluation standards," Hathaway said. "How to improve both of those, how can we improve direct instruction for our students and improve evaluation for teachers."

The panel will deliver a set of recommendations before the end of the legislative session. Governor Cuomo states that he urges the members of this panel to work speedily in bringing forward a set of actionable recommendations to improve the implementation of the Common Core.

"It seems a lot of the curriculum itself either is not being rolled out properly to practitioners and students," Hathaway said.

Hathaway states an area he'll bring suggestions involves the current format of assessments.

"For younger students it has to be diagnostic," Hathaway said. "How do I help this student get better down their path of education."

"Second of all, it has to be transparent," Hathaway said. "Everybody has to know what's on it and it has to be clear - before and after you have to release test items."

Hathaway explains things in the testing process must be timely. " You have to report in a timely manner and you can't return scores to students to school districts to parents six months down the line like we did this year." There has to be rapid return."

Hathaway hopes that the panel can create clarity for better testing and evaluation.

"That we have a clear path that we can move forward that's sensible, that is logical and that people can say I can support that."


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