National Standards Topic Outline or Checklist

Standard Indicator






creates an inquiry-based science programs



guides and facilitates student learning



assesses teaching and student learning



creates an environment that enables students to learn science



creates a community of science learners



participate in the ongoing planning and development of the school science program



Professional Development



learns science content through inquiry



integration knowledge about learning, pedagogy, and students



develops an understanding and ability for lifelong learning



creates a coherent and integrated professional development plan






assessments are consistent with decisions they are designed to inform



assess both achievement and opportunity to learn science



the technical quality of the data collected matches the decisions and actions taken on the basis of their interpretation



assessment practices are fair



inferences made from assessments about student achievement and opportunity to learn are sound



Content adequately develops



Unified processes



Science Inquiry



Physical science



Life science



Earth and space science






Personal and social perspective



History and nature of science



Science Education Program
the science program is consistent with other standards and across grade levels
all content standards are included in a variety of curricula that is developmentally appropriate, interesting, relevant to student’s lives, organized around inquiry, and connected with other school subjects
the science program is coordinated with mathematics education
appropriate and sufficient resources for all students
equitable opportunities for all students to learn the standards
communities exist that encourage, support, and sustain teachers
Science Education System
policies that influence science education with the teaching, professional development, assessment, content, and program standards are congruent
science education policies within and across agencies, institutions, and organizations are coordinated
science education policies are continuous over time
adequate resources to support science education policies are provided
equity is embodied in science education policies
policies are reviewed for possible unanticipated effects on the classroom practice of science education
individuals are taking the opportunity to be responsible to achieve the new vision of science education portrayed in the standards

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