Governor Tom Corbett has ordered a delay in the adoption of new educational standards known as “Common Core.”
The new academic standards have been on track for enactment in July, but they became the subject of a pair of heated debates in the state General Assembly last week. Education Department spokesman Tim Eller told Harrisburg reporters, including a representative of Radio PA News, that the Governor is asking, in light of the testimony at the hearings, for some “minor tweaks.”
Radio PA News reporter Matt Paul says the criticism is falling into three categories: concerns over local control, resources, and high-stakes tests called Keystone Exams that will eventually be needed for graduation.
The state Board of Education has been working on the new standards for three years.