On March 1, 2014, regulations requiring all Pennsylvania public schools to teach the Pennsylvania Core Standards took effect.From the Pennsylvania Department of Education:
The State Board approved the final Chapter 4 regulations on September 12, 2013. The Independent Regulatory Review Commission (IRRC) approved the final regulation on November 21, 2013. With publication of Chapter 4 in the Pennsylvania Bulletin, the new regulations took effect on March 1, 2014.
As part of the new regulations, Pennsylvania’s Core Standards offer a set of rigorous, high-quality academic expectations in English Language Arts and Mathematics that all students should master by the end of each grade level. The PA Core Standards are robust and relevant to the real world and reflect the knowledge and skills our young people need to succeed in life after high school, in both post-secondary education and a globally competitive workforce (www.pdesas.org).During the 2013-2014 school year, teachers at Cambria Heights High School spent multiple professional development sessions working on aligning our existing curriculum to the PA Core Standards. In particular, emphasis was placed on the curricula for Algebra 1, Biology, Applied Bio/Chem, and English 9, as all students in the Class of 2017 and beyond will be required to pass Keystone Exams in these subjects in order to graduate from a public high school.During the 2014-2015 school year, staff development time will again be used for curriculum alignment as the faculty and administration of Cambria Heights High School strive to prepare students for the challenges they'll face after graduation.The links to the curriculum maps show the units, projects, and assessments for each course, as well as their alignment to the Pennsylvania Core or Academic Standards.