• SAS - Standards Aligned System

    The Curriculum Framework specifies what is to be taught for each subject in the curriculum. In Pennsylvania, Curriculum Frameworks include Big Ideas, Concepts, Competencies, and Essential Questions aligned to Standards and Assessment Anchors and, where appropriate, Eligible Content.

    Curriculum Framework Definitions:

    • Big Ideas: Declarative statements that describe
      concepts that transcend grade levels. Big Ideas are essential to provide focus on specific content for all students.
    • Concepts: Describe what students should know (key
      knowledge) as a result of this instruction specific to grade level.
      Competencies: Describe what students should be able
      to do (key skills) as a result of this instruction, specific to grade level.
    • Essential Questions: Questions connected to the SAS
      framework and are specifically linked to the Big Ideas.
      They should frame student inquiry, promote critical thinking, and assist in learning transfer.

    To view a Curriculum Framework ELL OVERLAY, select a grade level and subject area and then click the title of the English Language Learner Overlay document below you wish to view.