AIMHighNY, the state’s survey for receiving public feedback on the Common Core Learning Standards, seems to be coming up short.
Board of education members from Huntington Union Free School District expressed frustration with the review system, which was felt across the North Shore this week, and said the survey did not give parents and educators enough space or time to voice their Common Core concerns.
Trustees said the review is specific and tedious, and that the section to submit opinions is “restrictive.”
Upon exploring the site, many of those claims don’t seem far-fetched.
There are more than 24 subsections of the review. At one point, the continual division of a topic into a smaller topic seems endless, and a user may need to go through more than five sections before they can write in their own comments. If a participant wanted to fill out the entire assessment, it would be no small feat — and that’s if time is on your side.
But that is not the case for AIMHighNY. The survey, which opened in October, ends in about two weeks. Schools have even said they are having multiple teachers work on one survey just to submit something.
With the amount of protesting against Common Core we’ve seen throughout New York State over the last few years, should there even be a deadline?
Perhaps like rolling admissions in college, rolling submissions in Common Core may work. Of course reviews need to be evaluated, but with the current public opinion of Common Core, it may be a good idea to continually check parents’ and educators’ suggestions and not limit their time to a four-week period.