On June 11, 2018, the Board of Education approved curriculum revisions in Science K-12. Below are highlights and documents related to the science curriculum.
- Teaching and learning in the sciences will integrate disciplinary core ideas, crosscutting concepts, science and engineering practices.
- Instructional methods will utilize the Science and Engineering Practices that allow students
to do science in order to drive the acquisition of disciplinary core ideas.
- The NGSS grade level progression of Disciplinary Core Ideas allow students to obtain scientific knowledge that connects to real world applications.
- Students are taught how to think about and understand science through the intentional embedding of Cross-Cutting Concepts into lesson design and assessment.
A variety of resources are reviewed as part of the curriculum review process including standards and best practice research. It should be noted that the review of research tries to be as comprehensive as possible; therefore, articles and resources that have been reviewed may or may not have been taken into consideration when making review recommendations. Below are the research summary findings that were taken into consideration for the final curriculum revisions.
- Three dimensional teaching utilizing core ideas, cross-cutting concepts, and science and engineering practices provides a comprehensive and balanced curriculum
- Inquiry based approaches and assessments that emphasize problem solving and application are most effective means.
- Effective science instruction is based upon student engagement in science topics, an emphasis on student inquiry, the use of technology to create meaningful learning, and the communication of information learned and creating “real world” connections to science concepts
Curriculum Revision Highlights:
- Balance and Progression of NGSS science concepts, core ideas, and cross-cutting concepts
- Units in Earth, Physical, and Life Science at each grade K-8
- Increase in Inquiry and Project-Based Practice