PDE developed a framework and process for online course review which included
the implementation of the International Association for K-12 Learning (iNACOL) rubric
to ensure consistent standards. High school courses that meet these standards will
indicate with reasonable confidence that a provider has the capacity to deliver high quality
courses in an effort to help Pennsylvania's students become college and career ready.
This course takes students on a journey through algebraic concepts and applications.
The course focuses on linear equations, inequalities, functions, graphing, systems
of equations, polynomials, factoring, quadratic equations, probability, statistics,
rational expressions, roots, and radicals. Students build critical thinking skills
and problem solving techniques required to grasp algebraic fundamentals. At the end
of the course students have a knowledge of and appreciation for algebra and are prepared
for future mathematics courses.
The science of biology is large, complex, and constantly
changing. This course provides students with a broad and interactive experience covering the main topics
of biological science. Topics range from cell reproduction to the diversity of life. Students also learn
about the chemical components of life, the process of energy conversion, and life’s functions. The
course explores genetics and evolution, incorporating the latest scientific research. Finally, the
course covers ecology to raise students’ awareness of the many challenges and opportunities in the
modern biological world. Throughout the course, students complete lab activities that reinforce the
material and provide an opportunity to apply their knowledge through interactive experiments and
In World Literature II, students continue to expand
their knowledge of great works of world literature from ancient to modern times. Students study various
literary devices including drama, essay, poetry, folktale, epic, and biography. Through their study,
students learn how to analyze and respond to the literature in greater depth and gain a greater
understanding of how literature reflects changes in language and customs. Students also work to
improve their writing skills through reading and analysis, speaking and listening, and the study
of grammar and vocabulary. Students learn to use various tools for review and understanding. At
the end of this course, students have a knowledge of and appreciation for works of world literature.