Common Core Task Force

Common Core Task Force

New York Common Core Task Force


The Common Core Task Force is a diverse and highly qualified group of education officials, teachers, parents, and state representatives convened by former Governor Cuomo to perform a comprehensive review of learning standards, instructional guidance and curricula, and tests to improve implementation and reduce testing anxiety.

The Task Force will complete its review and deliver its final recommendations by the end of this year.

The State's learning standards must be strong, sensible and fair, and parents and teachers should be able to have faith in those standards. The Common Core Task Force will work toward this goal to ensure that we deliver the best possible education to our children.

What People Are Saying

Former Governor

Andrew M. Cuomo

“The State’s learning standards must be strong, sensible and fair, and parents and teachers should be able to have faith in those standards. This Task Force will ensure that this becomes the reality.”

Andrew M. Cuomo

Senior Advisor, Providence Equity Partners Inc. and Former Chairman of the Board, Citigroup Inc.

Richard Parsons

"We can all agree that our students deserve every opportunity they can to learn and grow – and having tough, fair standards is crucial to ensuring that they receive those opportunities. I am happy to serve as chair of the Common Core Task Force, because I believe this is the opportunity we need to fix New York’s education standards and improve the lives and learning outcomes of students across the state. I am grateful to Governor Cuomo for asking me to lead this important endeavor, and I am eager to get to work.”

Richard Parsons

Senate Majority Leader

John J. Flanagan

“The State Senate has been at the forefront of efforts to ensure that education in New York is more student-centric and parent-centric, and that every classroom is led by a professional teacher of the highest quality...We passed several key pieces of legislation that addressed the unease related to Common Core and the over-testing of students...The overall issue is worthy of additional debate and discussion, and creation of this new panel is another positive step forward. We look forward to working with Governor Cuomo, parents, teachers and other educators to address additional concerns about Common Core...”

John J. Flanagan

Speaker of the NYS Assembly

Carl E. Heastie

“The Assembly Majority has heard the frustrations of parents and educators alike regarding the Common Core implementation in New York State. We remain confident that our public education system and our students will be best served by a collaborative effort of policy makers, parents and educators to determine the reforms that will maximize the historic investments we have made in educating our children. We stand ready to work with the Governor, our state education officials and the new Common Core Task Force to strengthen public education in New York.”

Carl E. Heastie

About the Task Force

Common Core Task Force

Learn about the Task Force’s charge to examine and make recommendations to reform and improve the State’s utilization of current Common Core learning standards.

Task Force Members

Find out more about members of the Common Core Task Force, who represent a broad group of stakeholders.

News and Updates

Read the latest Common Core press releases and official updates.

Learn More


View forums hosted by the Common Core Task Force.

Public Testimony

View public testimony submitted to the Common Core Task Force.

Students' Corner

Make yourselves heard! Join the discussion and help shape the future of Common Core.