Core Subjects

The Office of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment (OCIA) is committed to implementing and reviewing federal and state laws and regulation for K-12 education. Subject areas are covered in accordance with the School District’s approved core curriculum. All courses are aligned with Pennsylvania’s academic state standards, as well as with initiatives generated by the District’s strategic plan, Imagine 2014.

The District Core Instructional Programs are comprised of math, science, English language arts and social studies. The marking guidelines for each subject are revised and updated throughout the school year. The School District of Philadelphia implements a standards-driven curriculum with aligned assessments in all content areas. Marking Guidelines are the result of feedback and data from the field regarding subject area grading, and the content is streamlined to provide quick, relevant information for consistent grading. These guidelines rely upon evidence of daily formal and informal observations by classroom teachers.