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2009 WSTA Conference. Moses Lake, Washington 19-21 March, 2009 Mary McClellan OSPI Science Director for Teaching and Learning. Goals for Today. Understand how the new standards are organized. Identify a “Big Idea” and it’s vertical alignment.

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2009 wsta conference

2009 WSTA Conference

Moses Lake, Washington

19-21 March, 2009

Mary McClellan

OSPI Science Director for Teaching and Learning

goals for today
Goals for Today
  • Understand how the new standards are organized.
  • Identify a “Big Idea” and it’s vertical alignment.
  • Better understand “Cross-cutting Ideas” in light of a lesson and the context in which you work.
  • OSPI Update on current issues.
Why new science standards?

Goal: Better prepare students to:

  • Be successful on state science assessments
  • Participate in post-secondary education
  • Meet the workforce needs of tomorrow
  • Become scientifically literate citizens

2007 Legislature passed HB 1906 calling for:

  • State Board review and OSPI revision of science standards

EALR 1 Systems

EALR 2 Inquiry

EALR 3 Application

Cross Cutting Big Ideas


Cross Cutting Concept




Vertical Alignment

the standards in your context
The Standards in Your Context
  • Soil Temperature Investigation-Grade Band 2-3
    • Developed by Pacific Educational Institute
      • Major contributors/authors
        • Pat Otto of Pacific Educational Institute
        • Kathryn Show of Seattle Public Schools
        • Thank you so much for making these materials available to us and to our students.
the standards in your context1
The Standards in Your Context
  • Students have:
    • Collected and observed plants in the environment
    • Grown Fast Plants inside
    • Discussed plant needs inside and predicted for outside to include “heat”
    • Predicted and measured soil temperature in environment
your task
Your Task.
  • Read the lesson and identify the following:
    • Places that students can demonstrate the performance expectation(s) for the:
      • Inquiry (page-Green).
      • Ecosystem domain of science (page-Pink).
      • Math Connections (page-Blue).
the standards in your context2
The Standards in Your Context

Discussion question:

  • How does this lesson most effectively integrate the cross-cutting idea of inquiry with the domain of ecosystems?
  • How might this play out in your classroom?
implementation is the watchword
Implementation is the Watchword

Goal: To build and implement a fully aligned science instructional system to best support student learning.

  • Science Strategic Plan
  • Standards Revision
  • Instructional Materials Review
  • Graduation Requirements
  • Assessment
  • End of Course
science strategic plan
Science Strategic Plan

Current work

Developing work

standards revision and instructional materials review
Standards Revision and Instructional Materials Review
  • Standards revision at the legislature-April 26
  • Instructional Materials Review
    • Facilitator selected
    • Review team selected
    • Rubric development 24-25 Mar.
    • Core Materials 11-15 May.
    • SBE Science Panel to review process, rubric and selection
science instructional materials review key dates
ScienceInstructional Materials ReviewKey Dates
  • SB 5414 Changes Adopted on March 4th by Legislature
  • Science Curricula Recommendations
  • Recommendations of 3 basic curricula to SBE June 30, 2009
  • SBE submits comments & recommendations to OSPI August 30, 2009
  • Recommendations finalized / OSPI adopts Just after SBE review
  • Elementary and Middle = 3 recommendations per grade band
  • High school = 3 recommendations per major domains of science
    • Earth and Space, Physical Science, Life Sciences
p d for standards implementation
P.D. for Standards Implementation

Articulate a common vision for embedded, ongoing, and high quality professional development for all teachers.

contact ospi
Contact OSPI

Mary McClellan

Director of Science for T & L



Tara Richerson

Science Assessment Specialist



Breanne Conley

Science Administrative Assistant