Senator Robach Supports Education Reform Package

As a member of the Senate Education committee, Senator Joe Robach recently supported Education reform legislation sponsored by Senate Education Chairman John Flanagan. The bills that comprise the education reform legislation were drafted after review of concerns that were raised during the recently held statewide public hearings Ed Com. Meeting 1.23.2014entitled “The Regents Reform Agenda: Assessing Our Progress.”

“I’m always eager to join my colleagues in government when it comes to looking at ways we can improve our education system and student performance,” said Robach about his support for education reforms. “Whether it’s looking at ways we can put technology into the hands of students, or providing our teachers with better resources, getting the most out of our education system is always the main goal.”

Joe Robach was pleased to support the four pieces of education legislation that were approved out of committee including:
- P-2 Bill, which would ban standardized testing on students in Pre-K through 2nd grade;
- “Unnecessary Testing” Bill, which would require the Commissioner of Education to conduct an expedited review of a school district’s APPR plan when it is submitted solely to eliminate unnecessary student assessments;
- Privacy Bill, which would strengthen protections of personal information stored on the statewide data portal; and
- “Truth-in-Testing” Bill, which would require the Commissioner of Education to report the effectiveness of common core tests and require an independent audit to review and evaluate the common core testing program.

Common Core Learning Standards were adopted by the New York Board of Regents in 2010. During the 2012-2013 academic year, the State Education Department began aligning curriculum and assessments to the new learning standards. The implementation has been admittedly flawed and has been the subject of controversy for school administrators, teachers and parents alike. This backlash has resulted in the Senate Education Committee’s reform proposal, supported by Senator Joe Robach.