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Common Core State Standards will be adopted by New York
TUESDAY, MAY 31, 2011 16:47 PM

New York City is preparing for many changes in its education system this year, reports Kevin Carey, the policy director of Education Sector and a blogger for The New York Times.

For example, one of the biggest changes will come from the state's plan to adopt the Common Core State Standards. New York will join 41 other states in using this program. According to its website, the Common Core State Standards aim to clearly outline what students need to learn so that teachers and parents can assist them with this curriculum.

However, New York City, like many areas across the country, is struggling to balance a tight budget and a sufficient education program. Carey writes that with a new testing curriculum in place under the Common Core State Standards, how much teachers should be evaluated on the test scores of their students is brought into question.

In the city, student improvement on new tests that will come along with the Common Core State Standards will be only 20 percent of a teacher's evaluation. Other state tests will count for an additional 20 percent, Carey writes.