Dear North Schuylkill School District Families and School Community,
Welcome back to what I hope will be another wonderful year.
Once again, we have had a busy summer in the District. Teaching and learning was in full force in our buildings this summer. Our after school program and SUMMER OF STEAM EXPLORERS provided a variety of fun and engaging activities for our students. Thank you to all the participating teachers and administrators for their leadership in the management of the programs that had a positive impact on our students. We have also secured dates and schedules for upcoming professional development and curriculum planning, and the Pennsylvania Core Learning Standards, Academic Standards, and standards for Career Education and Work will continue to be a focus for implementation.
Our students deserve a bright future which includes opportunities for them to be successful. We continue to maintain high expectations for our students and faculty with the understanding that continued collaboration between colleagues, administrators and community is at the core to helping everyone succeed.
I am truly looking forward to a successful 2018-2019 school year! Should you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at any time.
With Spartan Pride,
Kimberly M. Groody
The North Schuylkill School District Curriculum Maps are housed on a Google Document and are aligned to the PA Core Standards.
As a tool, we use the Standards Aligned System (SAS) that is the Pennsylvania Department of Education digital curriculum and instruction resource site. The SAS is a comprehensive, researched-based resource to improve student achievement. The SAS is comprised of six distinct element which provide a common framework for continuous student, teacher, and school and district growth. The elements are Standards, Assessment, Curriculum Framework, Instruction, Materials and Resources and Safe and Supportive Schools. Numerous resources for teaching and developing high quality mathematics education programs are available on the Standards Aligned System website. The SAS portal is designed to organize and deliver educational content carefully aligned to Pennsylvania Academic Standards.
The State Board of Education adopted the Core Standards in July 2010. Since that time, the decision was made to craft a set of PA Core Standards in English Language Arts and Mathematics. A group of Pennsylvania educators created a draft set of PA Core Standards. These new standards mirror the content and rigor of Common Core, but reflect the organization and design of the PA Academic Standards. Additionally, the Core Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy in History/Social Studies and Science/Technical Subjects will be appended to their respective PA Academic Standards. The PA Core Standards are currently being reviewed within the regulatory review process.
General Standards Information
English Language Arts PA Core Standards
Developing Literacy skills in reading, writing and listening is a collaborative responsibility of all educators. Classroom learning experiences should enhance and expand the communication and critical thinking skills that allow students to develop resiliency and positive attitudes as they grow into effective readers, writers, commutators and life-long learners. The Pennsylvania Department of Education embraces effective literacy teaching and learning through a system that includes a comprehensive, research-based approach that supports teacher effectiveness and student achievement.
Mathmatics PA Core Standards
The PK-12 PA Core Standards for Mathematics cannot be viewed or addressed in isolation, as each standard depends upon or may lead into multiple standards across grades; thus, it is imperative that educators are familiar with both the standards that come before and those that follow a particular grade level. These revised standards reflect instructional shifts that cannot occur without the integrated emphasis on content and practice. Standards are overarching statements of what a proficient math student should know and be able to do. The Pennsylvania Assessment Anchors and Eligible Content closely align with the revised standards and are an invaluable source for greater detail.
Key Points in Mathematics:
Social Studies PA Academic Standards
Science NGSS Standards
Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) includes assessments in English Language Arts and Mathematics which are taken by students in grades 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8. Students in grades 4 and 8 are administered the Science PSSA. The English Language Arts and Mathematics PSSAs include items that are consistent with the Assessment Anchors/Eligible Content aligned to the Pennsylvania Core Standards in English Language Arts and Mathematics. The Science PSSA includes items that are aligned to the Assessment Anchors/Eligible Content aligned to the Pennsylvania Academic Standards for Science, Technology, Environment and Ecology.
Keystone Exams are end–of-course assessments in designated content areas. The Keystone Exams serve two purposes: (1) high school accountability assessments for federal and state purposes, and (2) high school graduation requirements for students beginning with the class of 2017. The Algebra I and Literature Keystone Exams include items written to the Assessment Anchors/Eligible Content aligned to the Pennsylvania Core Standards in Mathematics and English Language Arts. The Biology Keystone Exam includes items written to the Assessment Anchor/Eligible Content aligned to the enhanced Pennsylvania Academic Standards for Science.Keystone Exams Testing Windows 2017-2018
The Pennsylvania Classroom Diagnostic Tools (CDT) is a set of online assessments, divided by content areas (Literacy, Mathematics, and Science), and is designed to provide diagnostic information to guide instruction in order to support intervention and enrichment. The CDT reporting system is fully integrated in the Standards Aligned System (SAS). It assists educators in identifying student academic strengths and areas in need of improvement, and provides links to classroom resources. The CDT is a computer adaptive test (CAT) and depending upon how the student responds to the first few items; the next set of items will adjust to the student’s instructional level. The diagnostic reports feature easy-to-follow links to targeted curricular resources and materials, including units and lesson plans found within the SAS system. Students receive approximately 48–60 items per test depending upon their response pattern. The CDT is an un-timed test and it can be scheduled over multiple days. The CDT is available to districts at no cost.
Select grade levels in grade 3-11 will be taking the CDT in September, December, and March.