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Academic Standards

Pennsylvania’s Academic Standards offer a set of rigorous, high-quality academic expectations that all students should master by the end of each grade level. The PA Academic Standards reflect the knowledge and skills students need to succeed in life after high school, in both post-secondary education and a globally competitive workforce.

What is the Common Core State Standards Initiative?
The Common Core State Standards Initiative (CCSSI) is an effort designed to improve educational outcomes for students by developing a set of common, voluntary, internationally-benchmarked academic standards in mathematics and English language arts. For more information about the CCSSI, visit the National PTA Common Core State Standards website.

Where can I find the standards and additional information resources?
Student success is the result of the collaborative work of educators, parents, policymakers, and the broader community to better understand what students need to build a promising future. For more information and resources, please visit the following:

Pennsylvania Standards-Aligned System & PA Core Standards

The Pennsylvania Department of Education has adopted the Standards-Aligned System (SAS). This is a comprehensive approach to curriculum and instruction that supports student achievement across the Commonwealth.

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