Curriculum & Instruction

Staff Members

Andrea Huffman

Titles: Director of Curriculum
Departments: Curriculum Department
Email:
Phone Numbers:
School: 412-884-6300 ext. 7261

Janet Moik

Titles: Secretary
Departments: Curriculum Department, Title I
Email:
Phone Numbers:
School: 412-884-6300 ext. 7261

PA Core Standards

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.

For more information about the PA Core Standards, please visit this site: http://www.pdesas.org/Standard/PACore

Fact Sheet

Implementing the Common Core Standards in PA


School Performance Profile

Overview

The PA School Performance Profile serves several purposes:

  • Provide a building level score for educators as part of the Educator Effectiveness System
  • Provide parents with comparative measures for schools, neighboring schools, and schools across the state
  • Inform the public of the academic performance measures of each school, comprehensive career and technical center, cyber charter and charter school in Pennsylvania
  • Offer a resource for LEAs to communicate and compare performance, analyze performance indicators as related to achievement, and encourage best practice
  • Employ as an analysis tool to inform goal setting, planning, and allocating resources to improve student achievement
  • Compare performance to local schools
  • Compare performance to schools with similar demographics
  • Communicate performance to various constituencies

Individual School Performance Profiles 2015-2016

Baldwin High School
J.E. Harrison Middle School
McAnnulty Elementary School
W.R. Paynter Elementary School
Whitehall Elementary School

Elementary and Middle Schools: The “View Historical Information” Tab will provide you with the 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 data. There is no SPP data for 2014-2015 because this was the baseline year for the PA Core Mathematics and English Language Arts PSSA assessment.

Baldwin High School: The “View Historical Information” Tab will provide you with the 2012-2013, 2013-2014, and the 2014-2015 data for the high school.

Pennsylvania Value Added Assessment System (PVAAS)

In early fall, all public school districts, charter schools, cyber charter schools and full time Career and Technology Centers across the Commonwealth receive web-based reporting through the Pennsylvania Value-Added Assessment System (PVAAS). PVAAS is a statistical analysis of Pennsylvania (PA) state assessment data, and provides Pennsylvania districts and schools with growth data to add to achievement data. This lens of measuring student learning provides educators with valuable information to ensure they are meeting the academic needs of groups of students, as well as individual students. PVAAS is one of the tools in the cadre of tools provided to districts from the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Districts and schools are using PVAAS (growth data), in conjunction with achievement data, to make sure students are on the path to proficiency and beyond. Utilizing all the data available (growth and achievement), educators are able to make data-informed instructional decisions to ensure the academic growth and achievement of all students.

PVAAS

Measuring Growth in Science, Writing, and Keystone Content Areas

High School Program of Studies

Assessment Calendars

Curriculum Resources

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Curriculum Review Cycle


State Assessments

Keystone Exams

Baldwin-Whitehall School District will administer the Pennsylvania Keystone Exams on the following schedule:

Wave 1*December 6-7, 2016

Algebra
December 13-14, 2016

Literature
Wave 2*January 10-11, 2017

Biology
Wave 3**May 15 & 17, 2017

Biology
May 18-19, 2017

Algebra
May 22-23, 2017

Literature

* Students who were not proficient in 2015-2016.

**All students currently enrolled in Algebra I, Biology, 10th Grade English, and students who were not proficient in Wave 1 and 2.

PSSA

Baldwin-Whitehall School District will administer the PSSA Exams on the following dates:

Grades 3-5
Grades 6-8

April 3, 4, 6, & 7, 2017
April 3, 4, 5, & 6, 2017

ELA
Grades 3-8

April 24-26, 2017

Math
Grades 4 & 8

May 2 & 3, 2017Science




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