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NY Assembly Speaker Silver wants to delay Common Core tests

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver has called for at least a two-year delay in the use of Common Core-aligned tests for high-stakes decisions about teachers, principals or students.

Silver and Assemblywoman Cathy Nolan, who chairs the education committee, issued a statement Tuesday citing "serious issues" with the rollout of the more difficult learning standards across New York's nearly 700 school districts. Scores dropped when grade 3-through-8 assessments were based on the standards for the first time last spring.

Critics say the rollout was rushed and that many students hadn't learned material on the tests.

Silver and Nolan also said the state should delay plans to store student data with inBloom or another third-party vendor until concerns about privacy and security are answered.

The state Education Department didn't immediately comment.

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