While more work needs to be done, NYSUT is urging educators and parents to continue meaningful participation in the phase-in of the Next Generation Learning Standards approved in September by the Board of Regents.
The commissioner and Regents insist the standards are a work in progress and invite feedback from the field as implementation is slowly phased in.
"The commissioner and the Regents have repeatedly said these standards are not etched in stone," said NYSUT Executive Vice President Jolene T. DiBrango.
"We are optimistic that, unlike last time, SED is taking its time in the rollout. Our job is to make sure that actually happens."
What's next? The transition period calls for full implementation of the new standards in the 2020–21 school year. Until then, the state's grades 3–8 English language arts and math tests will continue to be based on the current standards.
Much of the work ahead will be done at the local level, with three years of curriculum work and professional development.
The State Education Department will post guidance documents, such as grade-by-grade crosswalks of what is different in the revised standards and roadmaps to guide the implementation process.
SED said specific recommendations for improving education of students with disabilities and English language learners will be included.
Standards for early childhood education, among the most controversial during the two-year development process, were revised based on feedback from stakeholders.
NYSUT's Subject Area committees will continue their review of the new standards at this year's meeting.