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October 21, 2013

State official to try public forums again

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Niagara Gazette — The Common Core Learning Standards, adopted by the state Board of Regents in 2010, are supposed to help students be better prepared for college and careers, state officials have said. The standards are based on a more narrowly focused curriculum that favors depth over covering a wider range of topics and skills.

As a result, state tests including ELA and math assessments have increased in difficulty. This past spring, the first time the tougher tests were given, schools across the state saw scores plummet.

King said the new round of forums will be scheduled over the next six weeks; details for all the events will be finalized early next week. The first forum will be held Oct. 24 in the Albany City School District.

Other locations for the forums are Rochester, Westchester, two each in Suffolk County and Nassau County, Schroon Lake, Binghamton, Amherst, Syracuse and Jamestown.

The four PBS televised forums will be in November in Syracuse, Plattsburgh and Binghamton, while one will be held in December in Rochester. King said more PBS forums will be scheduled.

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