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Secondary Science Curriculum

Beliefs

  1. Students learn science best by participating in scientific practices such as designing and carrying out investigations and arguing from evidence. They must also be able to communicate following the norms of the scientific community. 
     
  2. Students who are proficient and literate in science understand the nature of scientific knowledge and scientific explanations.  Students will utilize this knowledge to solve problems and evaluate new scientific explanations and arguments based on evidence and reasoning.
     
  3. Students will gain an appreciation of the beauty and wonder of science as it relates to their everyday lives.

Explanation of Standards

In 2014 the Oklahoma State Legislature approved new Oklahoma Academic Standards for Science (OAS-Science).  The OAS-Science standards are coherently and developmentally appropriate standards for kindergarten through grade twelve developed by professional educators and approved by Oklahoma legislators.

The Oklahoma Academic Standards include integration of scientific and engineering practices with core content from Physical Science, Life Science and Earth/Space Science.  The standards tell us what students are expected to learn in a specific course.  Yukon Public Schools will use these standards to guide curricular decisions.

Link to OAS-Science:

http://www.ok.gov/sde/sites/ok.gov.sde/files/OAS_Science_Standards_3-2-15.pdf


Link to SDE video explaining layout of new standards:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wP-Q82iVv5U&feature=youtu.be

Testing:

State testing in science occurs in 5th and 8th grades in the form of Oklahoma Core Curriculum Tests (OCCT) and in high school Biology I with an End-of-Instruction (EOI) exam.

For more information on state requirements and testing items, view the Science Blueprints and Parent Teacher Student Guides (PTSGs) on the Oklahoma State Department website.  http://sde.ok.gov/sde/documents/2013-09-05/blue-prints-plds-item-specs

On the national level, students can take science assessments for the ACT, SAT, Advanced Placement courses and many others.

http://www.actstudent.org/sampletest/

https://sat.collegeboard.org/practice/sat-practice-test

https://apstudent.collegeboard.org/home

At the high school level Yukon students have the opportunity to take a variety of courses in sciences.  A.C.T. has identified the science college preparatory course sequence that contributed most to a student’s college readiness as biology, chemistry, and physics. Yukon Public Schools also offers AP courses that may allow students to earn college credit.

Professional Educator Links:

Oklahoma Science Teachers Association

Oklahoma Association for Environmental Education

National Science Teachers Association

National Science Education Leadership Association

National Association of Biology Teachers

 

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