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NYS Education Commissioner in Rochester

Rochester, N.Y. - As districts across the state are in the second year of the common core, the New York State Education Commissioner John King is out getting feedback from schools and working to help continue implement the cores standards.

Thousands of administrators and school board members from across the state are in town for the New York State School Board Association's annual convention.

King made an appearance at the convention Friday.

I believe that both the commissioner and the board of regents are listening and I think they are committed to making some adjustments. They are committed to hearing what board members, parents and teachers have to say and really digesting that and thinking about what that means for the future of NY, said District Superintendent of Monroe #1 BOCES Daniel White.

The common core has been controversial since it was implemented in school districts across the state last year. Some administrators say it is a program that will be successful if the state continues to listens and supports parents, teachers and the districts.

We also learned that King is working toward having one math test eliminated for accelerated eighth grade math students. Currently those students take an eighth grade math exam and a New York State Regents exam. King now wants to allow accelerated students to only have to take the regents exam.

We believe the US Department of Education will allow us to have students only take the regents exam and not the 8th grade math test, so its an opportunity to eliminate double testing and reduce the amount of testing thats required for those 8th graders who are taking accelerated math, said New York State Education Commissioner John King. What it will do is allow teachers and students focus on the Regents exam which is the goal of that course because the students are in an accelerated math course focused on algebra.

In a letter obtained by The Associated Press King states eighth grade math is the first target. Theres consideration to eliminate other tests in grades, where possible.

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