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Editorial: AFT President is Right to Support Common Core, Wrong on Timeline

American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten announced her support of New York State's Common Core curriculum, the New York Daily News reported:

"Great thanks to Weingarten for stating that the lessons, known as the Common Core, promise to significantly boost achievement while fully preparing students for college or careers.

"She was also frank in acknowledging that many teachers are ill-prepared to deliver instruction that helps kids read and do math in depth."

Weingarten argues that schools and teachers need one more year to prepare for the test before it is administered. In an editorial, the New York Daily News disagrees, having supported the immediate implementation of the Common Core tests:

"Having a test that counts focuses principals and teachers to raise their games — immediately. Also, research shows that instructors whose classes did well on the old standardized tests can expect students to do well on new ones. Teachers will be judged on gains students make when compared against peers with similar kids."

Read the full editorial.

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