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Poll: New Yorkers split over Common Core

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— New Yorkers are split over the State Education Department’s Common Core standards, but support a two-year moratorium on its implementation, according to a Siena Research poll released Tuesday.

About 36 percent of state voters say the testing standards for kindergarten through 12th grade students are too demanding, with 23 percent who believe they are about right and not difficult enough.

Common Core is a set of testing standards that work to ensure high school graduates are prepared to enter college and the workforce. The State Education Department and its commissioner John King have faced widespread criticism from parents and educators on the implementation of the Common Core.

The poll reports that voters are equally divided over whether the standards better prepare students for college and a career. Half of those polled support the implementation of Common Core standards to be delayed for two years.

Legislative leaders are also calling for a two-year delay on Common Core-based tests being used to evaluate teachers and students.

During his State of the State Address last month, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the creation of a Common Core Implementation Panel to evaluate and suggest changes to its rollout.

But according to Siena’s poll, 62 percent of state voters say they trust the State Education Department to set education policy, not the governor. A majority of New Yorkers (71 percent) support Cuomo’s push for universal pre-K using state tax dollars.

At the same time, Cuomo’s favorability rating has dropped to 60 percent, compared to 66 percent last month. His job performance rating also fell from 54 percent in January to 48 percent today.

The Siena Research poll was conducted between Feb. 16 and Feb. 20 with 820 state registered voters surveyed. The poll has an overall margin of error of 3.5 percentage points.

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