The use of academic standards enables parents, teachers, schools and school districts to monitor and measure a student’s progress. The standards – or academic goals – define what each student should know and be able to do in particular subject areas following the completion of specific grade levels.
Chapter 4 of the Pennsylvania Curriculum Regulations requires schools to implement planned instruction for each subject area for which standards have been established. Therefore, planned instruction has been developed in the following:
- Math (K-12)
- English Language Arts (K-12)
- Science (K-12)
- Social Studies (K-12)
- Special subject areas (K-12)
Student achievement in Mathematics and English Language Arts is evaluated at grades 3-8 and science in grades 4 and 8 through the use of the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) – a standardized test. Additionally, students take Keystone Exams as end of course exams in biology, algebra I, and literature (in English 10).
The planned instruction may be accessed through the North Hills School District teacher's website. The information contains the standards, objectives, types of activities provided, activities for students who need additional time and support to reach a proficient level and additional activities for students who reach proficiency at an earlier date to enrich and take learning to a new level.
Should you have any questions or concerns about planned instruction, please contact the principal of your child's school directly.