The Department of Curriculum and Instruction is responsible for the planning and development of educational programs designed to promote academic success; the formulation of educational plans, initiatives and strategies; providing assistance to support continuous school improvement; ensuring that the educational needs of all students are met, including those with diverse learning needs, in areas such as, but not limited to, special education, gifted instruction and differentiation; and ensuring the implementation of programs and practices that support English Language Learners.

Our mission is to ensure that students have rigorous and engaging instructional experiences that promote high levels of student achievement; therefore, teachers and principals are provided with ongoing, high-quality staff development and resources. This on-site staff development is based on our students’ formative and summative assessment data.



Chester Upland believes that data informs instruction and that good daily instruction will improve achievement. Instruction should be engaging and differentiated to meet the academic needs of all students. Students in Chester Upland are assessed at eight-week intervals to measure each student’s learning, determine what modifications are needed and identify the most effective teaching practices. Multiple assessments are used to inform instruction. IRLA is a research-based assessment used for formative reading assessments and reading instruction in grades K-9. The OnHandSchools assessment simulates the PSSA Assessment and is given to students in grades 3-12.

PSSA testing assesses student in Mathematics, Reading, Writing and Science. Keystone assessments will be given in Literature, Biology, and Algebra I to all sutdents enrolled in those courses.

See the District Calendar link at the top of this page for the most up-to-date listing of all assessment dates.

Curriculum & Instruction Links:


Contact Information

Chester Upland School District
Office of Curriculum and Instruction
232 W. 9th Street, 1st Floor
Chester, PA 19013

Dr. Jala Olds-Pearson   
Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum, Instruction and Professional Development
Phone: 610-447-3637
Fax: 610-499-2683



Additional Online Resources

The websites listed below include activities and information appropriate to teaching the following subjects: