In reacting to the recently released draft revisions to the New York State English Language Arts and Math Standards, NYS PTA President Bonnie Russell offered, "The parent voice is critical to education, and we are pleased that the New York State Education Department listened to parents, educators, and school professionals from across the state in beginning to address concerns over academic standards in our schools."
"While there is much more work to do, the draft revised standards provide an important step to supporting students and families," added Russell.
"The process was important - there was stakeholder engagement on many levels, and we hope there will continue to be engagement as we move forward to ensure standards and assessments are developmentally appropriate for students," said Kyle Belokopitsky, NYS PTA Executive Director. "We will continue to review changes, but the percentages of change and substance appears to be a great step forward."
According to the press release from the State Education Department, 60 percent of the ELA standards and 55 percent of the math standards have been modified.
Gracemarie Rozea, NYS PTA 1st Vice President added, "We look forward to continuing to engage parents that served on these review committees and working with other stakeholders to ensure all students are supported. These draft modifications show a willingness to listen to parents and educators and we hope this work will continue."