BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - New York State Education Commissioner John King praised Amherst Central Thursday, for their high standards and how they are preparing for the new sets of testing. News 4 was able to go in depth with the commissioner about the need to make changes at the Buffalo School District, and whether that could include a new superintendent.
King was meeting with Amherst teachers and learning how the district is already implementing the 2014 standard sets of testing known as the Common Core.
New York State Regent Bob Bennett said, “More based on 21st Century skills, more scaffolding that when you get to 12th grade, you'll be prepared to graduate and continue your learning.”
News 4 asked Commissioner King about the ongoing crisis in the Buffalo Schools, specifically the turn around and transfer plans. King says his office spent a considerable amount of time providing assistance on East and Lafayette High Schools.
“There's still work obviously that needs to be done, the academic results demand a sense of urgency.” King said, “They have to complete their transfer plan to allow those students and families who are in failing schools to be able to transfer to schools that are in good standing. They've submitted the plan twice now, each time we've given them extensive feedback.”
News 4 asked the commissioner if he has become frustrated with the district's continued failure to come up with a transfer plan. He said, “I'm disappointed that there hasn't been more progress in Buffalo. But I try to remain optimistic.”
News 4 also asked about the possible removal of Superintendent Pamela Brown, which has been spearheaded by Carl Paladino. King said, “It's not our place on the state level to make judgments about a superintendent's performance. But ultimately, the measure of the effectiveness of the Buffalo City School District, Board and Central Office leadership will be on learning outcomes of students, and the learning outcomes for the students aren't in a good place right now.”
King said he met with the Buffalo Schools last week and plans to have more discussions with administrators and parents soon.
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