PA Core Standards

The State Board approved the final Chapter 4 regulations on September 12, 2013.  The Independent Regulatory Review Commission (IRRC) approved the final regulation on November 21, 2013.  With publication of Chapter 4 in the Pennsylvania Bulletin, the new regulations took effect on March 1, 2014.

As part of the new regulations, Pennsylvania’s Core Standards offer a set of rigorous, high-quality academic expectations in English Language Arts and Mathematics that all students should master by the end of each grade level.  The PA Core Standards are robust and relevant to the real world and reflect the knowledge and skills our young people need to succeed in life after high school, in both post-secondary education and a globally competitive workforce.  For a web presentation on this topic, please click on the following link (

The standards have been divided into three categories:

1.   Standards for English Language Arts (ELA)

There are four (4) strands under the ELA standards which incorporate an integrated model of literacy with a strong emphasis of media/technology requirements blended throughout the standards

  1. Reading (including Reading Foundational Skills)
  2. Writing
  3. Speaking and Listening
  4. Language

2.   Mathematic Standards

The Mathematic Standards are broken up into two segments:

1.  Standards for Mathematical Content

This is the specified grade by grade standards which build on each other rather than repeating year after year. The K-8 standards are presented by grade level and organized into domains that progress over the grades. The High school standards presented by conceptual theme (Number & Quantity, Algebra, Functions, Modeling, Geometry, Statistics & Probability)

2.  Standards for Mathematical Practice

The Standards for Mathematical Practice are what students “do” with the content. They carry across all grade levels and describe habits of mind of a mathematically proficient student.

3.   Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science and Technical Subjects Standards

These standards are developed for content specialists in History/Social Studies, Science and Technical Subjects and are designed to complement rather than replace content standards in those subjects.

Additional information on the PA Core Standards can be found at:

PDE – SAS:  PA Core Standards Website
PDE – SAS:  PA Core Standards Fact Sheet