New York adopted the Common Core Learning Standards in 2011, and is basing its mandated testing program on those standards. The state tests, in turn, form the basis of teacher evaluation across the state. The standards represent a set of statements about what students know and are able to do at each grade level. The state tests are a way to measure learning results. Teacher accountability links those results to the appraisal teacher performance. It is important to distinguish among these aspects of state educational policy.
Last year 20% of students in grades 3-8 opted out of the state assessments for a multitude of reasons, including the length of the tests and the degree of difficulty. In response both the State Department of Education and the Governor are reviewing the standards and how they are being implemented. The Education Department issued a survey (now closed) seeking feedback on the content of the standards, grade by grade.
The Governor has established a Commission to review the Common Core, and that group, too, is seeking public commentary. It is a simple form, and if you wish to comment, it can be found here. The period for comment ends November 30, 2015.