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Commotion Over Common Core

Buffalo, NY (WBEN) The Common Core was the focus of a public forum Tuesday night. While many parents are objecting to it, one local Regent is wondering why.

"I don't know how people can be opposed to these learning standards, because they're excellent. They're developed by a wide range of people, 60 of them," says Regent Bob Bennett.

Bennett says one major myth is Common Core will increase testing. "It could be they're being told there are too many tests, but the fact is state tests have not increased at all over the past few years," says Bennett. "If districts are deciding they want to administer their own assessments, they can use student work."

Bennett says some parents may be confusing the Common Core with teacher evaluations passed two years ago. "That's a state law saying teachers shall be evaluated every year, and as such, they should be able to show how the student has grown from September to June," explains Bennett, who adds the testing scores only count for 20 percent.

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