Corbett wants clarification on education standards

| Wednesday, May 22, 2013, 9:42 p.m.

HARRISBURG — Gov. Tom Corbett has asked state education officials to clarify that proposed academic achievement standards for Pennsylvania public school students are not uniform national standards, a step a spokesman said is designed to respond to criticism of the proposal.

Corbett's request apparently would not alter the substance of the proposed math and English standards, known as the Pennsylvania Common Core. He still wants the standards to take effect before the 2013-14 school year begins, and would leave untouched part of the proposal tying those standards to three course-specific tests students must pass to graduate.

The State Board of Education in March approved the Pennsylvania Common Core standards. Corbett's office is reviewing them before they go to a five-member state regulations board, whose approval is necessary.

The uniform Common Core standards were developed by non-government associations of governors and state education officials.

Pennsylvania adopted the uniform Common Core standards in 2010. They take effect July 1 .

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