Chancellor Zimpher Named To Governor Cuomo’s Common Core Task Force

September 28, 2015

Albany – State University of New York Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher today said she would be proud to serve as a member of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s Common Core Task Force.

"The implementation of college- and career-ready educational standards is absolutely essential to preparing students for success," said Chancellor Zimpher. "Students held to rigorous standards are less likely to require costly remediation, less likely to drop out of college, and more likely to graduate on time. We owe it to our current and future students to get the Common Core implementation right. I commend Governor Cuomo for convening this task force and I look forward to working with my colleagues to put New York State back on track."  

Chancellor Zimpher has been an outspoken advocate of the Common Core, releasing an essay in advance of the state assessments encouraging students and their families not to "opt out," and convening Higher Ed for Higher Standards, a coalition of college and university leaders nationally who support the standards.

In May 2014, the SUNY Board of Trustees adopted a resolution in support of the Common Core, citing the measure’s potential to better prepare the next generations of SUNY students and decrease the need for remediation in college.

Peter Kneupfer, President of University Faculty Senate and a member of the SUNY Board of Trustees, said: "The Common Core standards provide a framework to better prepare students for college and the jobs of the 21st century. Yet the roll-out of Common Core in New York has been problematic, especially regarding the assessments that have been used.  This initiative by Governor Cuomo offers the promise of improved implementation of the standards, even appropriate modification to the standards themselves, for the betterment of our children’s education.  Close cooperation between the Common Core Task Force and the State Education Department will be an essential element to moving the initiative forward to success."

Dr. Randall VanWagoner, president of Mohawk Valley Community College and of the New York Community College Association of Presidents said, "The Governor's actions for a comprehensive review of the implementation process of the Common Core standards is a welcome and important step to ensure New York students graduate high school college and career ready."

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