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St. Lawrence Central School superintendent discusses Common Core changes

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BRASHER FALLS - St. Lawrence Central School Superintendent Stephan J. Vigliotti Sr. says he’s happy to see the state Board of Regents adopt some changes to the Common Core curriculum.

“The Board of Regents decided they better do something about Common Core. They actually did something,” Mr. Vigliotti told board of education members.

Among the changes was to make the class of 2022 - this year’s third graders - the first to face the newer higher graduation requirements. It had previously been this year’s ninth graders.

“This year’s ninth graders were going to be the first graduates. The Board of Regents pushed that back to this year’s third graders. I do like the idea of starting with third graders,” Mr. Vigliotti said.

He said one of the problems with the common core is that this year’s ninth graders didn’t have the benefit of learning the required Common Core material until this year. The third-graders, on the other hand, will have the advantage of several years of Common Core instruction under their belts during their journey to graduation.

Mr. Vigliotti said the Board of Regents had been under pressure from several different groups to make changes to the Common Core.

“Many different groups have said the rollout for Common Core was disastrous,” he said.

The way it was rolled out, he said, was that it was “thrown down our throat.”

Among the recommendations was not to use the Common Core for teacher evaluations at this point. But that was tabled until after April after it was criticized by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo.

“The governor is fuming mad about that. He think it’s a big mistake,” Mr. Vigliotti said.

All together, 19 suggestions were made for changes to the Common Core. About half of them adopted by the Regents took effect immediately, including the delay of graduation requirements.

“There has been some compromise,” Mr. Vigliotti said.

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