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Curriculum & Instruction


The Canon-McMillan School District believes in providing a well-rounded education -- Strong in core academics (English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science & Social Studies) while also providing experiences in all grade levels in the arts, technology education, physical education and health/wellness.   


Standards describe what students should know and be able to do, as they increase in complexity and sophistication, as students progress through school. The Assessment Anchors clarify the standards assessed on the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) and can be used by educators to help prepare their students for state assessments.

  • Canon-McMillan School District participates in Pennsylvania’s annual assessments to include the PSSA and Keystone Exams. The PSSA (Pennsylvania System of School Assessment) is used to measure a student’s attainment of the academic standards.

  • Students in grades 3 through 8 are assessed in English Language Arts (ELA) and mathematics.

  • Students in grades 4 and 8 are assessed in science.

  • High school students are assessed via Keystone Exams in Algebra I, Literature and Biology

  • The Keystone Exams are designed to assess proficiency in various subjects upon completion of the curriculum. These exams are also one component of Pennsylvania’s proposed high school graduation requirements.