The Common Core State Standards
"The Common Core State Standards provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them. The standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers. With American students fully prepared for the future, our communities will be best positioned to compete successfully in the global economy" (Common Core State Standards Initiative
Pennsylvania adopted the Common Core State Standards in 2010. The state then created Common Core standards in English Language Arts and Mathematics, which, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Education website
, "mirror the content and rigor of Common Core, but reflect the organization and design of the PA Academic Standards."
The Keystone exams, which will replace the PSSA, are designed to test students' proficiency in various subjects. This year, students will be taking Keystone exams in Literature, Biology, and Algebra I.