Pennsylvania: College and Career Policies

Pennsylvania has standards in 12 different content areas including English language arts, math, reading and writing, science, social studies, arts, health, world languages, environment and ecology, civics and government, economics, and geography.

Additionally, Pennsylvania requires the following for graduation:
-2 credits in the Arts and Humanities;
-1 credit in health and physical education; and,
-5 unspecified credits.

The Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) includes assessments in English Language Arts and Mathematics which are taken by students in grades 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8. Students in grades 4 and 8 are administered the Science PSSA. Keystone Exams are end–of-course assessments in designated content areas. The Algebra I and Literature Keystone Exams include items written to the Assessment Anchors/Eligible Content aligned to the Pennsylvania Core Standards in Mathematics and English Language Arts. The Pennsylvania Alternate System of Assessment (PASA) is a statewide alternate assessment designed for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities. The Pennsylvania Accountability System (PAS) applies to all public schools and districts.

Educators in Pennsylvania must complete 180 hours of professional development in order to renew their license.

Pennsylvania has standards in 12 different content areas including English language arts, math, reading and writing, science, social studies, arts, health, world languages, environment and ecology, civics and government, economics, and geography.

Pennsylvania has fine arts standards in dance, music, theatre, and visual arts.

Pennsylvania has not adopted any professional development standards.

The State Board of Education has full authority to adopt assessments.

Pennsylvania has standards in 12 different content areas including English language arts, math, reading and writing, science, social studies, arts, health, world languages, environment and ecology, civics and government, economics, and geography.

Department of Education was given authority to develop regulations from the Legislature in Act 82. On June 22, 2013, the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) published regulations pertaining to the new teacher evaluation system. The regulations clarify several issues related to the new system, including the implementation timeline and the weights of specific data elements. These regulations apply to all non-charter public school classroom teachers working on Instructional I and II certificates. Regulations pertaining to the evaluation of education specialists must be published in the Pennsylvania Bulletin by June 30, 2014.

The Pennsylvania Educator Evaluation System was required by the Legislature by Act 82 to develop educator effectiveness models that will reform the way schools evaluate school professionals as well as the critical components of training and professional growth. 50% of the annual evaluations should be based on student performance measures.

Students in grades 4 and 8 are administered the Science PSSA.

The Pennsylvania State Board of Education has final authority in teacher licensure after recommendations are made by the Professional Standards and Practices Commission.

Pennsylvania has standards in 12 different content areas including English language arts, math, reading and writing, science, social studies, arts, health, world languages, environment and ecology, civics and government, economics, and geography.

In order to obtain a Pennsylvania teaching license, an applicant must meet, but is not always limited to, the following requirements: must have at least a BA Degree, completed a Pennsylvania approved teacher education program, and received passing scores on the required assessments. All state licenses are accepted except IA, MN, MO, SD, and WI.

History and Government of the United States and Pennsylvania are required.

The Pennsylvania State Board of Education sets standards for teacher preparation programs after recommendations from the Professional Standards and Practices Commission.

The State Board of Education has full authority to adopt standards. The Pennsylvania State Board of Education works with the Department of Education to adopt regulations and standards that govern education.

The standards of program design, applicants and candidates, and faculty are used to evaluate teacher preparation programs.

Educators in Pennsylvania must complete 180 hours of professional development in order to renew their license.

The English language arts standards were adopted in 2010. These standards are aligned to the Common Core State Standards.

Pennsylvania has standards in 12 different content areas including English language arts, math, reading and writing, science, social studies, arts, health, world languages, environment and ecology, civics and government, economics, and geography.

The Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) includes assessments in English Language Arts and Mathematics which are taken by students in grades 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8. Students in grades 4 and 8 are administered the Science PSSA.

Keystone Exams are end–of-course assessments in designated content areas. The Keystone Exams serve two purposes: (1) high school accountability assessments for federal and state purposes, and (2) high school graduation requirements for students beginning with the class of 2017. The Algebra I and Literature Keystone Exams include items written to the Assessment Anchors/Eligible Content aligned to the Pennsylvania Core Standards in Mathematics and English Language Arts.

Pennsylvania has standards in 12 different content areas including English language arts, math, reading and writing, science, social studies, arts, health, world languages, environment and ecology, civics and government, economics, and geography.