New Poll Shows New Yorkers Divided on Common Core

But they agree on one thing: delay its implementation.

New York State Education Commissioner Dr. John King fielded angry questions and comments at a Common Core forum on Long Island in 2013.
New York State Education Commissioner Dr. John King fielded angry questions and comments at a Common Core forum on Long Island in 2013.
New Yorkers disagree about whether the State Education Department's new learning standards are too demanding or whether they properly prepare students for college or career. But they agree about one thing: the state's rollout of Common Core should be pushed back.

A poll released today by Sienna College revealed by a 50-38 percent margin, respondents want implementation of Common Core standards delayed for two years.

Opinions were more mixed on how demanding the standards actually are, with 23 percent saying they're just right, 24 percent saying they're not demanding enough and 36 percent saying they're too demanding. 

Also mixed were opinions on how well the standards do their purported job: orienting instruction and learning to prep students for college or work after graduation from high school. While 46 percent of respondents are confident, 45 percent are not. 

“As the controversy around the Common Core and its implementation continues to swirl among politicians, education advocates, parents, and teachers, New York voters remain divided on whether or not the new standards are too demanding, and whether or not those standards will better prepare students for college or the workplace after graduation,” said Siena College pollster Steven Greenberg. “Even as the debate over the Common Core rages on, New Yorkers’ attitudes about the Common Core have changed very little over the last three months.”

Parents and educators across the state have blasted the State Education Department and Education Commissioner John King over Common Core and the collection of student data. Politicians have also joined the fray.

The state Board of Regents made changes earlier this month, delaying full implementation of all the new standards until 2022.

Truthhurts March 11, 2014 at 10:47 AM
There is no diversity a much larger percentage are STRONGLY AGAINST THE WHOLE PROGRAM.
NYCLU LHV March 19, 2014 at 03:44 PM
We will be holding a free public forum on our students' right to learn. Among the topics to be discussed will be about the Common Core. Please join us at the Greenburgh Public Library on March 25 at 6:30 PM. Thank you, lowerhudsonvalley@nyclu.org
Concerned Parent March 21, 2014 at 11:02 AM
My son is a top student in 4th grade. He easily passed the new Common Core State ELA and Math tests last year. This year, he is NOT taking them. I have no doubt he would "pass" again, but, really, is there any real value to passing a meaningless test? He consistently earns top scores on all classroom exams. He reads at an 8th grade level. He has nothing to prove, and I will not allow my 9 year old child to sit through more than 12 hours of tests to prove what we already know...he can read, write and do math at, at least, a 4th grade level. It is not kids like my son that I am concerned about. Other children are the ones hurt most by these tests. Like the little boy we know, who is one of the best math students in his grade, yet gets pulled from the classroom to attend mandatory remedial math instruction because of poor performance on last year's state tests. No one- not his parents, his teacher, or the remedial instructor-thinks this boy needs remedial instruction. Yet, it is mandatory because of a poorly written, ambiguous exam, that failed to test the concepts that the children were taught in the classroom. Many, many students are in similar situations. I am not against standardized tests in general. I allowed my son to take them last year and he performed well. Now that I realize how utterly meaningless the state tests are in their current form, and also just how many hours these poor little children are forced to sit through to take them, I am vehemently opposed to them. We have notified the school, in advance, of our decision to refuse the tests this year. I urge all parents to do the same. We will continue to refuse the tests every year, until the subject matter being tested actually has a real relationship to what the kids are being taught in the classroom, and until the 12 hour-long evaluation is reduced to a more reasonable length, one that 8 and 9 year olds can actually be expected to sit still and concentrate for.
Aidan April 11, 2014 at 10:04 PM
Case closed April 23, 2014 at 08:01 PM
Parents are being told to attend tutoring for common core so they may help their children. If the wheel ain't broke Stop trying to fix it. Case closed


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