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Business Education Department

    When the current Pennsbury High School opened in the 1960's, the Business Department was using manual typewriters, keypunch machines, and 16 mm projectors. While we have progressed to computers and videotape, and fully aware that our students encounter a world of technology much unlike anything we could have imagined years ago, our overall goals have remained the same. Business Education has the dual role of preparing students for the world of work and for preparing students as they continue their education on a post-secondary level.

    Pennsbury High School has approved vocational programs in accounting and Diversified Occupations (or Co-op as it is commonly known). Students who complete these programs are tested by the State of Pennsylvania each year. Anyone who scores above the state norms are awarded the Pennsylvania Skills Certificate.

     Many of our students continue on to higher education in both colleges and vocational schools. Accounting and Business Law are especially useful for students planning to major in business administration in college as these courses are required for this degree.

     Pennsbury is also an authorized training site for the Microsoft Office Users Specialist (MOUS) Program. Students have an opportunity to learn either core- or expert-level competencies in Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and Access.


Philosophy Statement

The Pennsbury School District believes that Business Education is an essential part of the curriculum.  Business Education can provide individuals with the skills necessary to be economically self-sufficient contributing members of our society.  Business Education should be sensitive to the needs and interests of the student and to the ever-changing needs of employers in the work-place.  Business Education is available to all students.  It is geared to prepare for entry-level employment, adaptability to occupational changes and provide the skills necessary for advancement.  Business Education will be in concert with the business community to insure that training and competencies are consistent with the present and emerging job opportunities within the employment area. 
Curriculum Offerings

High School Standards

National Standards for Business Education address the following areas:  Marketing, Management, Accounting, Business Law, Career Development, Economics and Personal Finance, Computation, Communication, Entrepreneurship, Information Systems, and International Business.

By the completion of secondary schooling, all students should be able to do the following:

  • Function as economically literate citizens in domestic and international venues
  • Develop a sensitivity to personal, societal, and governmental responsibility in the economic system
  • Understand how businesses operate
  • Demonstrate the interpersonal, teamwork, and leadership skills needed to function in diverse business settings
  • Develop an awareness of career opportunities and the lifelong learning skills that will enable students to become employable in a variety of business careers
  • Select and apply technology tools for making personal and business decisions
  • Communicate effectively as writers, listeners, and speakers in diverse social and business settings
  • Understand how accounting procedures can be applied to decisions about planning, organizing, and allocating personnel and financial resources
  • Understand principles of law as they apply to personal and business settings
  • Appreciate the value of the entrepreneurial spirit, both in the small business and the corporate environment
  • Understand that the various functions of a business are not separate but are interrelated, and that each one impacts the others
  • Apply the critical-thinking skills needed to function in students' multiple roles as citizens, consumers, workers, managers, business owners, and directors of their own economic futures


Assessment Overview

A wide variety of classroom-based assessments are used to determine a student’s level of proficiency of a particular standards, a child’s mastery of a concept or skill, and a student’s understanding of a significant body of knowledge. Teachers often use many indicators to obtain a broad view of a child’s progress over time. These indicators include, but are not limited to, the following.

Teacher-prepared tests, including multiple-choice and essay tests. These are the measures that teachers prepare based on lessons, units, topics, and questions addressed by teachers and students. They fall into the category of curriculum-based assessments because they are constructed to reflect what is learned in the instructional setting. 

Research projects. Here students become researchers of the content areas as well as of their own experiences and lives. Students and teachers together develop meaningful questions and topics for inquiry. The processes of learning involve reading, writing, computing, talking, listening, investigating, experimenting, analyzing, and creating new questions for study. 

Demonstrations of mastery. These include, but are not limited to, presentations to meaningful audiences, applications of learning to real-world situations, integration of learning across the curriculums, and performances and exhibitions of all kinds. 

Homework. This guided practice is designed to encourage independent learning and personal application of the daily lesson. Students are given opportunity to extend their knowledge and to explore and make connections. 

Participation in learning activities. Formal and informal observational and anecdotal records are maintained by teachers to underscore the valuable learning that takes place as students become actively engaged in their own learning. Participation includes the roles that students assume in cooperative learning groups, their involvement in class discussions, as well as their emergent leadership skills in a variety of learning settings. 

Individual and group projects. In keeping with the recursive nature of learning as students move from collaboration to independence, back to social learning activity and more isolated and individual practices, students have opportunity to both create and learn in groups and to demonstrate their unique understandings and acquired skills. 

Students’ self-assessment. Assessment is not relegated solely to the evaluation of another informed voice. Sometimes the best assessment is that which learners do themselves. Self-assessments include the personal reflections on process, the self-selection of best works with evidence to support choice, and a structured analysis of a project. 

Student portfolios. Unlike folders of all of students’ work, the portfolio is designed to be an evidence of the students’ select4ed work in the content area. Student portfolios act as a kind of narrative of a student’s growth, development, learning, understanding, insight, perception, and change. 

Journals, notebooks, reports. These variations on a theme encourage students to think critically through writing. The range of these records of thought and progress toward achievement of the standards spans free-writing activity, expressive writing, writing-to-learn structures, and the formal report-writing format. 

Results of independent study. Independent study opportunities are approved situations for students to investigate areas of personal academic pursuit. This involves an extensive plan and proposal prior to the research phase of inquiry. A record of progress and process, a monitoring phase, and an extensive final report and demonstration are part of the independent study experience. 

Conferences and feedback from teachers and peers. When teachers and students or small student conference groups meet around a specific topic of academic interest, the information the learner receives has significant impact for revision and enhanced learning. The writing conference, the reading summit meeting, and the guided peer conference provide students with immediate feedback about independent writing, reports, responses to literature, and other projects.

Content-Specific Assessment

The Business Education department has adopted all of the classroom assessments described on the link entitled “Assessment Overview.” In addition, the following assessments are used in the Business Education department to inform students, parents, and teachers about a student’s proficiency in the standards of the content area.

  • Business simulations. These products assess skills learned in the classroom to produce records and reports similar to those used in an authentic business situation.
  • Computer-generated evaluations. Students use computer programs that analyze their work and that make suggestions for directed practice to improve skills.
  • Employer evaluations. Supervisors evaluate students participating in Diversified Occupations or work experience programs. The supervisors evaluate students on the Business Education competencies they have learned or applied at a job site.
  • Internet-based evaluations. Tests are administered on-line to measure mastery of computer software programs.

Pennsbury School District
134 Yardley Avenue, PO Box 338
Fallsington, PA 19058
Telephone: 215-428-4100
Mission Statement
Recognizing our proud traditions and diverse community,
the Pennsbury School District prepares all students to become creative,
ethical, and critical thinkers for lifelong success in a global society.
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