Common Core in Pennsylvania:
Pennsylvania Common Core

Though Governor Corbett ordered a delay in further implementation of the Common Core in the summer of 2013, Pennsylvania had revised most of its state-written curriculum frameworks a year earlier, and these changes still stand. Pennsylvania remains an advisory/participating member of both PARCC and SBAC, but does not hold any consortia votes.

Common Core Implementation Status

1. Teacher Professional Development
2. Curriculum Guides
or Instructional Materials
3. Teacher Evaluation

New Curriculum

State designs frameworks

State provides frameworks

State designs guides

State provides guides

Local districts only

New Assessments

PARCC member

SBAC member

ACT Aspire

Developing own CC-aligned assessments

Pennsylvania aligned its state-written assessments to the Common Core in 2012.

New Expenditures

New expenditures required to implement the Common Core

Current annual education expenditures

Race to the Top Phase 2 award

(State is a Race to the Top recipient.)

Education Database Status

P-20 development required by state law

State is capable of having a P-20 database

State has access to homeschool students’ data

Potential Impacts on Homeschooling

State currently requires homeschoolers to take state-prescribed tests and report their scores

Homeschoolers must file notice of intent to homeschool

Pennsylvania homeschoolers must file with their local superintendent each school year. The state does have access to this data.

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Updated: 8/11/2014