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December 10, 2015
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Statements from Board of Regents Chancellor Merryl H. Tisch and Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia on New York Common Core Task Force Final Report

The Task Force has adopted many if not most of the Board of Regents’ recommendations for improving the implementation of the higher standards we’ve set for our students. The most important message in the Task Force report is the renewed commitment to adopting and maintaining higher standards. We cannot turn our backs on our students at a time when the world is demanding more from them – more skills, more knowledge, more problem-solving.” –Chancellor Merryl H. Tisch

“In my first few months as commissioner, I’ve traveled across the state and heard a large cross section of New Yorkers -- our teachers, parents and educators –share their deep concern for improving the education of our children. And as a member of the Common Core Task Force, I’ve heard those same stakeholders express those same concerns. Likewise, the Department's AimHighNY survey unfolded the same passionate call for clear learning standards to serve as guideposts to future success for our children. Now it’s time to move forward and deliver on the promise we’ve made to our students and give them the best schools possible.” –Commissioner MaryEllen Elia