Common Core Concerns
October 2, 2013
PAINTED POST -- (WENY) "She does not want to go to school. Everyday she does not want to get up. She does not want to go to school," said one parent.
People are speaking out against the new Common Core curriculum, recently put into place in the Corning Painted Post Area School District.
"I've had a lot of phone calls over the last month, people asking 'what is this?' You know, they hadn't heard about it before. Now that they know it and now that their kids are being affected by it they're not very happy that it's in our schools," said parent Jodi Kohli.
Common Core is a set of new standards, set forth by the federal government, giving students a more rigorous education. Some parents are saying that this new way of teaching is affecting students and teachers.
Nicole Dunalp is in 8th grade at Corning Free Academy. The says she can already see the effects of the new curriculum in her performance.
"We had a math test last week and we were only supposed to have two days for it and she gave us four days and the best grade out of all our classes was an 83 and I got a 39 and really I would have expected to get somewhere in the 90s," said Dunalp.
Nicole is a high honors student and says she was doing fine in math last year.
She added, "we don't even use the math books that we have. Everything is just so much harder, the wording on a lot of the problems, they could be simple questions but they're really complicated."
The board echoes parents concerns.
"I think the standards themselves are good but the implementation's been not done well," said Michael Ginalski, Superintendent at Corning Painted Post Area School District.
"We're finding some parts of it works and some parts of it are not and we're taking the concerns from both our parents and the teachers very seriously."
But Common Core is here to stay.
"The state has been very clear that its not going away we all have to move in that direction."
Common Core will be fully implemented by next year.