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Common Core hearing coming to Albany

ALBANY --The debate over the Common Core testing policies in New York schools will take center stage in Albany this week.

Many parents and teachers are upset the new state testing requirements saying they are too tough for students who they fear aren't prepared to take them. Nearly 70% of New York students failed the exams last year, the first year they were given.

Just 31% of students passed the state's new form of standardized tests that over 40 other states are waiting to implement. Commissioner of the New York State Education Department, John King, said earlier this year New York's students were not ready and thrown into the tests to "set a baseline to measure college and career readiness".

"It is really challenging to raise standards in New York State and the country. It is not unique to New York", said King. "Look around the country, every state around the country is facing challenges."

The challenges are also being felt by teachers around the state. Unions that represent both Upstate and New York City teachers are calling for Commissioner King to put a moratorium on the tests until everyone is prepared.

Assemblywoman Pat Fahy, D- Albany, who sits on the state's Higher Education Committee will moderate Thursday's hearing between parents and Commissioner King.

Fahy also questions how fast New York implemented the tests.

"We began testing before the vast majority of other states. We kind of put the cart before the horse, before the curriculum, the text books, the materials were ready," said Fahy.

Thursday's hearing will be held at Myer's Middle School, in Albany, from 4pm -7pm.