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PerkiomenáValley School District has a new home on the web! Please be advised that this site is no longer being updated. Visit www.pvsd.org to see our new site.

  About Curriculum & Instruction
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A letter from PV’s
Assistant Superintendent


 

The Curriculum and Instruction web pages serve to inform you of the learning experiences of students in the Perkiomen Valley School District. All curricula are aligned to the Pennsylvania State Academic Standards, or in the case of Language Arts and Math, the PA Common Core Standards, and represent the minimum learning for our students. We strive to help every student reach his/her potential and be prepared for a 21st century future. 

One way in which our students demonstrate what they know and are able to do is via Pennsylvania's standardized assessments. Students at the elementary (grades 3 - 5) and middle (grades 6 - 8) levels will continue to participate in the Pennsylvania System of School  Assessments (PSSA's) during spring in Reading, Writing, Math and Science. Students at the middle (Algebra I students only) and secondary levels will be expected to participate in Keystone Exams this year if they are enrolled in Algebra I, Biology or Grade 10 English, or if they are in 11th grade. The State's current proposal includes our students demonstrating proficiency on these three Keystone Exams as part of their graduation requirements and to have these exams replace the PSSA's our 11th graders participated in during years past. Additional information on the PSSA Schedule and Keystone exams is available via the following link, PSSA/Keystone Exams.

The success of our students on the state assessments and in their class/course work is built upon the learning experiences provided in the buildings comprising our district, and also upon strong home and school partnerships. We work diligently to build and maintain these partnerships and appreciate the dedication on the part of our parents/guardians and community members to this collaborative approach in supporting our students' learning. Do not hesitate to contact the Curriculum and Instruction Department with questions about teaching and learning district-wide.

Thank you,
Barbara A. Russell, Assistant Superintendent
brussell@pvsd.org



What's New?
Common Core Standards Expanding Differentiation

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Curriculum & Instruction Resources

Curriculum Information 
*above link includes Scope & Sequence documents for all grade levels/subject areas!

NEW!  Title I Information

Parents' Right-to-Know

Involvement Compact

Standards Based Reporting Information

Fundations, Reading, and EDM
Information for Grades 1 and 2


Community Curriculum Advisory Committee (CCAC)

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Do you have an interest in CURRICULUM? Would you like to attend meetings with fellow parents, teachers, administrators, and school board members that engage us in conversations about CURRICULUM, INSTRUCTION and PROGRAMS?  If so, please consider becoming a member of CCAC, the Community Curriculum Advisory Committee
For more information, including notes from previous meetings, please visit our CCAC page

'12-'13 Meeting Dates

~Thursday, October 4th, 2012 in the Evergreen Elementary Library
~Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013 in the High School Library (This is a combined TAC/CCAC Meeting)
~Wednesday, April 10, 2013 in the High School Library


In Pennsylvania, Curriculum Frameworks include
Big Ideas, Concepts, Competencies,
and Essential Questions aligned to PA Common Core Standards.


New Standards

Recently, our state opted to participate in the national standards known as Common Core. Up until this time, we have been guided in our students' learning for all subjects by the PA Academic Standards. What the state has opted to do is to incorporate the Common Core aspects of what students should know and be able to do, into the PA Academic State Standards and developed the new PA Common Core Standards. These new standards exist in the areas of reading and math and are intended to prepare our students for college and career readiness. We are currently making adjustments to our curricula to assure the appropriate learning opportunities occur for your child in the upcoming year.

Expanding Differentiation

For the past several years, we have been working on differentiating instruction for our students based flexibly on their individual or small group strengths and needs. As we look forward to next year, we have taken another important step towards differentiating in the area of mathematics.

With the return of the PA Keystone End of Course Assessments next year, all students scheduled to graduate in 2017 or later will be required to demonstrate proficiency in Algebra I (along with two others). As we prepare our students to be ready for this assessment, we have proposed program adjustments in the middle and high school levels that we are preparing to share with parents at large during the 6th Grade Parent Orientation meetings next week. Students entering middle school will be recommended for Course II or Pre-Algebra in 6th grade with the differentiated supports needed to assure their success. To do this we will maximize even further the time we have with our students during their CORE and REM periods (9th period) as well as utilize the electronic resources they have access to here at school and at home. Additionally, we are offering students the opportunity to participate in Algebra I over two years or in one. The option of Algebra I part A will also be available at the middle school after next year. 

It is our goal to differentiate the instruction appropriately and effectively for our students so that they may experience a challenging learning opportunity in math as well as all of their subjects. One end result will be the opportunity for more students to experience accelerated/AP/dual enrollment mathematics courses during their high school years than is presently the case.

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