SCIENCE ENGINEERING MATHEMATICS TECHNOLOGY Rethinking the TN High School Science Curriculum High School Science RedesignLinda.K.Jordan@state.tn.us615-532-6285 Adapted with permission from the Massachusetts Science and Technology / Engineering Curriculum Frameworks.
Revise Science Standards CONCEPTUAL STRANDS are the unifying, “big ideas of science” that all students should grasp after completing their K-12 science program. CHECKS FOR UNDERSTANDING are suggestions for assessing student learning. Formative assessments are typically embedded within a lesson. Summative assessments provide information about whether a student has met a particular Grade or Course Level Expectation. GUIDING QUESTIONS are clearly defined targets used to sharpen and inform instructional articulation across the K-12 science curriculum sequence. Every high school graduate should have an accurate understanding of the concepts embedded in every Guiding Question. STANDARDS are the major science content area topics addressed in a particular grade level or course. STATE PERFORMANCE INDICATORS are the basis for student accountability and are used by the state to prepare standardized test items aligned with corresponding Grade or Course Level Expectations. GRADE/COURSE LEVEL EXPECTATIONS represent the fundamental goals for student learning and are used by teachers as the principal guide for instructional planning. UNIQUE IDENTIFIERS are assigned to every GLE, CLE, Check for Understanding, and SPI to ensure specificity when referencing a section of the Framework. Biology I: Standard 4 - Heredity Conceptual Strand 4:Plants and animals reproduce and transmit hereditary information between generations Guiding Question 4:What are the principal mechanisms by which living things reproduce and transmit information between parents and offspring? Grade Level Expectations Checks for Understanding(Formative/Summative Assessment) State Performance Indicators CLE 3210.4.1 Investigate how genetic information is encoded in nucleic acids. 3210.4.1 Use DNA, RNA, and amino acids models to explain replication and protein synthesis. SPI 3210.4.1 Identify the structure and function of DNA. CLE 3210.4.2 Describe the relationships among genes, chromosomes, proteins, and hereditary traits. 3210.4.2 Complete and interpret genetic problems that illustrate sex linkage, co-dominance, incomplete dominance, etc. SPI 3210.4.2 Associate the process of DNA replication with its biological significance.
Change Graduation Requirements Pre-2007 Three years of science. Biology, a physical science, one other (physical or life) science. 2007 Three years of science. Biology, Chemistry &/or Physics, one other lab science.
Mathematics Scott Eddins, Mathematics Coordinator Scott.Eddins@state.tn.us 615-741-3043
H S Graduation Requirements Math - 4 Credits: (Students must take a math class each year) • Algebra I - 1 Credit • Geometry - 1 Credit • Algebra II - 1 Credit • Upper level Math: - 1 Credit • Bridge Math Students who have not earned a 19 on the mathematics component of the ACT by the beginning of the senior year is recommended to complete the Bridge Math course. • Capstone Math • STEM Math (Pre-Calculus, Calculus, Adv. Algebra and Trigonometry, Statistics, Discrete Mathematics)
Structure of Mathematics Standards K-12 • Standard 1 - Mathematical Processes • Standard 2 – Number & Operations • Standard 3 – Algebra • Standard 4 – Geometry & Measurement • Standard 5 – Data Analysis, Statistics, & Probability
Standards Alignment • Achieve Benchmarks • ACT Benchmarks • NAEP Framework • NCTM Principles & Standards K-12 • NCTM Curriculum Focal Points K-8
English Language Arts LaQuisha Oliver, ELA Coordinator LaQuisha.Oliver@state.tn.us 615-532-6280
K-8 Reading Writing Elements of Language 9-12 Writing Reading Viewing and Representing Speaking and Listening Former ELA Strands
K-12 Language Communication Writing Research Logic Informational Text Media Literature Current ELA Strands
Language Demonstrate control of Standard English through the use of grammar, usage, and mechanics (punctuation, capitalization, and spelling). Communication Give and follow spoken instructions to perform specific tasks, to answer questions, or to solve problems. Writing Organize ideas into an essay with a thesis statement in the introduction, well-constructed paragraphs, a conclusion, and transition sentences that connect paragraphs into a coherent whole. Research Make distinctions about the credibility, reliability, consistency, strengths, and limitations of resources.
Logic Distinguish among facts and opinions, evidence, and inferences. Informational Text Interpret and use information in maps, charts, graphs, time lines, tables, and diagrams. Media Evaluate the aural, visual, and written images, and other special effects used in television, radio, film, and the Internet for their ability to inform, persuade, and entertain. Literature Understand the characteristics of various literary genres (e.g., poetry, novel, biography, short story, essay, literary drama).