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Regulations & Policy

The State Board of Education works closely with the Department of Education, state policymakers, and educators to review, develop and adopt regulations that govern significant components of both basic and higher education in the Commonwealth.  Here you will find a link to access current state education regulations, as well as information about statements of policy issued by the Board.
 

PA Code Title 22 (Education)

The official version of state education regulations is kept at the Pennsylvania Code web site, Title 22 in both web-readable (HTML) and printable (PDF) formats.  Please refer to this web site to obtain the current official version of state education regulations.
 

Chapter 4 (Academic Standards and Assessment)

Final-form revisions to Chapter 4 (Academic Standards and Assessment) were approved by the State Board of Education on September 12, 2013, and took effect upon their publication in the Pennsylvania Bulletin on March 1, 2014. A copy of the current complete Chapter, as published by the Legislative Reference Bureau, can be found here: http://www.pacode.com/secure/data/022/chapter4/chap4toc.html.
 

 

Private School Accrediting Organizations

Per section 5 of the Private Academic Schools Act, private schools may operate in the Commonwealth without seeking state licensure if the school is accredited by an accrediting association approved by the State Board of Education.  Organizations interested in applying to become approved accreditors or seeking to renew their current accrediting authority must follow the Statement of Policy published at 22 Pa. Code, Chapter 52.  A list of current approved private school accrediting organizations is provided below.  

Vocational Education Admissions Appeals

Per Section 1809 of the Public School Code, individuals denied admission to a vocational education school or department may appeal that determination to the State Board for Vocational Education.  Here you will find the Board's policies for the consideration and decision of such appeals.
 

Technical Institutes

On July 1, 2010, the State Board of Vocational Education approved guidelines for Technical Institutes.
Guidelines for Technical Institutes (June 2010) (PDF) 
 

Standards for Consideration of Alternative Certification Program Requests

The State Board of Education previously adopted the following resolutions expressing its opinion that the following standards should be applied by the Board in considering requests for approval of alternative certification programs.


Resolution Regarding Standards for Consideration of Future Alternative Certificationn Program Requests (PDF)

Resolution Regarding a Pilot Alterative Certification Program:  The New Teacher Project in Partnership with Pittsburgh Public Schools (PDF)