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Pennsylvania is a Participating State in the PARCC Consortium

John Weiss
, Director of the Bureau of Assessment and Accountability at the Pennsylvania Department of Education, is the K-12 Lead for PARCC in Pennsylvania.   

Pennsylvania Commitment to Higher Standards

Pennsylvania has been active in the American Diploma Project Network since 2005, aligning its standards to the expectations of postsecondary education and careers.  The Pennsylvania State Board of Education adopted the Common Core State Standards in mathematics and English language arts/literacy in July 2010.  The state joined the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers as a Participating State in the spring of 2010 and helped shape PARCC’s proposal for a common, next-generation assessment system.

Postsecondary Commitment to College and Career Readiness

The PARCC assessment measures real world skills that colleges value, like critical thinking and problem solving. That’s why all of Pennsylvania’s public two- and four-year colleges and universities have committed to participate in PARCC. They helped develop the assessments to ensure that it measures college readiness.

Pennsylvania’s college and universities will use those assessments as one of the indicators of a student’s readiness for entry-level, credit-bearing college courses – and because these institutions educate every freshman entering public colleges and universities in Pennsylvania, we’re ensuring that our students succeed.

See a full list of participating institutions here.

Pennsylvania State Resources