The State Board adopted Common Core Standards in July 2010. Since that time, the decision was made to craft a set of PA Common Core Standards in English Language Arts and Mathematics. A group of Pennsylvania educators created a draft set of PA Common Core Standards. Pennsylvania's Common Core State Standards describe what students should know and be able to do; they increase in complexity and sophistication as students progress through school.These new standards mirror the content and rigor of Common Core, but reflect the organization and design of the PA Academic Standards. Additionally, the Common Core Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy in History/Social Studies and Science/Technical Subjects will be appended to their respective PA Academic Standards.
Content Standards define the knowledge and skills essential to each discipline. They define what students should know, understand, and be able to do and provide specific targets for what must be learned in school.
Performance Standards specify "how good is good enough." These standards specify the expected quality of work and gauge the degree to which the content standards have been attained. Performance standards are criterion-referenced. This means that student achievement is measured in relation to established competencies not in relation to each other.
Standards Based Curriculum
Curriculum designed around the Common Core
Provides targets for learning, a focus for new ways to organize curriculum, instruction, and assessment
Communicates shared expectations for learning
Provides a common language for talking about teaching and learning
Approach represents a shift from identifying and teaching what is to be covered to a verification of a student's learning of identified core concepts and skills