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Pennsylvania's Standards Aligned System (PDESAS)

Pennsylvania Standards describe what students should know and be able to do; they increase in complexity and sophistication as students progress through school. Using their site, you can locate specific standards, anchors, and eligible content based on subject area and grade level or course. Resources include incorporating learning progressions, units, lesson plans, and content resources aligned to the Pennsylvania standards in curriculum frameworks for the four content areas included in the Keystone Exams (mathematics, science, social studies, reading-writing-speaking-listening). You will also find additional resources and support regarding instruction, intervention and assessments. Get yourself a login and check it out here (you'll need it to access many of their resources). With the implementation of standards, measurement tools become "part of the action," remember Bob Schulz's inservice program on Pennsylvania's Value-Added Assessment System (PVAAS)?


International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE)

As foundational technology skills penetrate throughout our society, students, teachers and administrators will be expected to apply "digial-age" basics in authentic, integrated ways to solve problems, complete projects, and creatively extend their abilities. In particular, the new student standards identify several higher-order thinking skills and digital citizenship as critical for them to learn effectively for a lifetime and live productively in our emerging global society. Check out the National Education Technology Standards (NETS) for students, teachers and administrators.


Partnership for 21st Century Skills

“The Framework presents a holistic view of 21st century teaching and learning that combines a discrete focus on 21st century student outcomes (a blending of specific skills, content knowledge, expertise and literacies) with innovative support systems to help students master the multi-dimensional abilities required of them in the 21st century.” ~ Partnership for 21st century skills. Just recently the College Board's AP program joined the efforts of P21, read about it here.


Common Core

"We believe that a child who graduates from high school without an understanding of culture, the arts, history, literature, civics, and language has in fact been left behind. So to improve education in America, we’re promoting programs, policies, and initiatives at the local, state, and federal levels that provide students with challenging, rigorous instruction in the full range of liberal arts and sciences."



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