Pencils down – less testing and more learning

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In closing, David Feller, Superintendent of North Merrick Schools and President of the Nassau County Council of School Superintendents summed up the Common Core roll out and its associated costs and problems this way: “We were told the best way to enable our children to learn to swim was to throw them all into the pool at the same time. It seems that the state believed that this cold turkey approach was the quickest way to get all districts on board – shock them and this would get everyone’s attention and we would in turn speed up our transition. Unfortunately when you use that approach the message gets lost and you experience casualties.”

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