| News

Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Corbett wants clarification on education standards

Email Newsletters

Click here to sign up for one of our email newsletters.
By The Associated Press
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 .

Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.



Show commenting policy

Most-Read Allegheny

  1. Friends say Baldwin Borough couple in murder-suicide was depressed
  2. Plum school board asks why tip line was removed from student handbook
  3. $9M sought to finish turning Penn Circle in Pittsburgh to two-way streets
  4. Shell, Center water authority reach agreement on relocating water source
  5. Lawmaker Doyle seeks EPA leniency for Alcosan plan
  6. $11M gift from Hillman to help CMU attract faculty, support students
  7. Philadelphia murder suspect nabbed in Braddock
  8. Canon-McMillan drops U.S. Postal Service from condemnation action
  9. Authorities identify McKeesport man whose body was found in Yough River
  10. Pittsburgh agencies to weigh renovating Civic Building, relocating
  11. Roads to close on Pittsburgh’s North Side this weekend