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House of Representatives
Session of 2015 - 2016 Regular Session


Posted: March 24, 2015 09:30 AM
From: Representative Rob W. Kauffman
To: All House members
Subject: Common Core Educational Standards in the Commonwealth
This proposal will prohibit State imposition of national standardized assessments and surveys on Pennsylvania public schools. In 2010, the State Board of Education (State Board) adopted the Common Core State Standards in English and Mathematics. Since that time, the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) and the State Board have modified the state assessments administered to students in Pennsylvania public schools for consistency with our new State standards. Many constituents have expressed concern that Pennsylvania’s adoption of academic standards that are common to many states may result in adoption of national standardized tests for our students.

This legislation will prohibit PDE, the Secretary of Education, or the State Board from imposing a national standardized assessment or survey on any student enrolled in a Pennsylvania public school. By doing so, this bill will help to ensure that future academic assessments administered in our public schools will be designed specifically for Pennsylvania students in response to the Commonwealth’s unique needs.

I invite you to join me in co-sponsorship of this legislation.

Introduced as HB1285