Pennsylvania Rebrands the Core

excerpt from Mercedes Schneider, “Update on Common Core Status in the States: Part Three,” deutsch29: Mercedes Schneider’s EduBlog, February 8, 2014

Pennsylvania Core Standards will replace the state’s current academic standards, which differ from the Common Core Standards adopted by other states.

National Common Core Standards address only English/language arts and math, incorporating reading and writing in other subjects like social studies under English/language arts. Pennsylvania’s standards will encompass various subject areas in addition to English/language arts and math.

The Pennsylvania Core Standards also reject the standardized tests on Common Core currently being developed by two national groups. Pennsylvania will test students’ knowledge and understanding of our new academic standards using revised PSSA tests in grades 3-8 and Keystone Exams for Algebra I, Literature, and Biology. Exams in other subjects will be developed in the future if funds are available.


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