By Glynis Kazanjian at MarylandReporter.com
Maryland’s superintendent of schools told lawmakers Wednesday that she supports legislation that would delay evaluating teachers on new Common Core student assessments for two years until the 2016-2017 school year.
Maryland was supposed to have fully implemented the curriculum based on Common Core standards this school year. Part of the new curriculum requires annual teacher evaluations to be based on standardized student test scores.
But teachers, parents and legislators argue that schools haven’t had adequate time to adjust to the program, which is still underway. Legislation introduced by Sen. Nancy King, D-Montgomery, a former school board member, would give teachers a reprieve until 2016.
“We realize this is a heavy lift,” said State Superintendent of Schools Lillian Lowery. “That’s why we agree with the tennets of slowing this down. Our teachers need at least two more years to address [Common Core] standards and get their resources together, before we start talking about accountability.”
Lowery was testifying before a Senate education committee on several Common Core bills, along with Montgomery County Schools Superintendent Joshua Starr, Maryland PTA president Ray Leone and representatives from Maryland’s largest teachers union.