Grove Backs Core Revisions to Strengthen Commonwealth Academic Standards

HARRISBURG – Rep. Seth Grove (R-Dover) today applauded the feedback from the informational briefing presented before the House Education Committee regarding several pending changes to the core academic standards currently being implemented in Pennsylvania.

“I support increasing the core academic standards in Pennsylvania to produce better educated students,” said Grove.   “Despite the billions of dollars we spend annually on education, there are still far too many students who graduate ill equipped to enter the workforce, ill equipped to go to college without taking remedial courses, or ill prepared to use emerging technology in the military.  Once implemented, I believe the important changes presented during today’s briefing will finally succeed in the raising the bar on academic standards across the Commonwealth to ensure better educated students upon graduation and a more productive society for future generations.”

Each of the changes presented to members of the House Education Committee by Department of Education Executive Deputy Secretary Carolyn Dumaresq, State Board of Education Executive Director Karen Molchanow and Academic Standards Committee Co-Chair for the State Board of Education A. Lee Williams were set in motion by House Resolution 338, which was originally supported by Grove and adopted by the Pennsylvania House.  These changes will include:

  • Changing the name of the standards to Pennsylvania Core Standards.
  • Making the standards specifically applicable to “public schools” and exempting private, religious and home school communities.
  • Eliminating national tests/assessments, except if deemed necessary for special education students, and then only after consultation with parents, teachers and other stakeholders.
  • Guarding against the call for expanded data collection.
  • Refraining from statewide mandatory reading lists and curriculum.  This will remain a local responsibility.

“There has been a great of deal of both accurate information and blatant misinformation espoused on the proposed Pennsylvania Core Academic Standards,” said Grove.   “In response, the state House passed House Resolution 338 to address all legitimate concerns we have heard from our constituents and major stakeholders.   As a result, the State of Board Education is expected to adopt the revised core academic standards during its meeting this September.”  

More information about Grove and his legislative priorities is available at and

Representative Seth Grove
196th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Media Contact:  Ty McCauslin
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