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Council of State Science Supervisors. 2010 Roll Call of States. Arizona. Lacey Wieser [email protected] Arizona. Teacher certification: Instituted content test in middle school science; in the process of developing a secondary Earth/Space science content test.

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council of state science supervisors

Council of State Science Supervisors


Roll Call of States

  • Teacher certification: Instituted content test in middle school science; in the process of developing a secondary Earth/Space science content test.

  • Increased graduation requirements to 3 credits of science, effective for graduating class of 2013 (this year’s freshmen )

  • Arizona Science Standard (
  • Arizona’s Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) Support Materials (
  • Science Resource Page (
  • New Science Standards adopted Dec. ’09, include embedded 21st century skills, embedded scientific inquiry.
  • Support for districts in a four phase implementation process: Awareness, Transition, implementation, and transformation.
  • Title IIa grant for FEATS Facilitating Elementary Achievement Through Science, training over 500 elementary teachers in science note booking.
  • State Standards Link
  • State Science Assessment link
  • MSP Instructional Coaching Initiative
    • 3-year academies prepare K-8 teachers for new roles as science coaches and new “teacher-leader” state endorsement;
    • Graduate courses, summer inquiry institutes (Exploratorium model), monthly seminars and Cognitive Coaching training;
    • Cross-site student work research study - students in coached classes perform significantly higher in scientific inquiry compared with those in uncoached classes.
  • State-developed curriculum-embedded science performance tasks aim to change teaching practices:
    • Open-ended, multi-day investigations focus on Framework content and inquiry skill-building (“assessment as learning” – Linda Darling-Hammond);
    • Teachers choose when and how to implement; teacher manuals provide inquiry pedagogy notes and differentiation suggestions;
    • Students learn to pose questions, design experiments, present and work with data, communicate and evaluate outcomes;
    • Teachers evaluate student work using state-developed formative feedback rubrics;
    • Some items on state science test refer to task scenarios to assess inquiry (“assessment of learning”).
  • Connecticut Core Science Curriculum Framework: PK-8 grade-by-grade; Gr. 9 physical science; Gr. 10 biology; advanced course expectations.
  • Connecticut PK-8 Curriculum Standards: Adds grade-level student outcomes to Framework content descriptors.
  • Connecticut Mastery Test Science Assessment Handbook for Elementary and Middle Grades
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District of Columbia

Michael J. Kaspar, Ph.D., Affiliate Member, ([email protected])

Alma S. Miller, Affiliate Member, ([email protected])

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District of Columbia
  • Initiative 1 Finalist for Race to the Top
  • Initiative 2 Catalyst Schools Theme-Based Schools for STEM,

Arts Integration and World Cultures

  • Initiative 3 National Lab Day at the Smithsonian
  • Initiative 4 Statewide Secondary and Elementary Science & Engineering Fairs
  • Initiative 5 Rearticulation & Review of Standards
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District of Columbia
  • State Standards Link
  • Learning Standards for High School Subjects
  • State Standards Link -Learning Standards for K-8
  • State Science Assessment link


Juan-Carlos Aguilar [email protected]

Steve Rich [email protected]

Amanda Buice [email protected]

  • Fourth science options that include Career Technical Agricultural Education courses approved by the University System of Georgia.
      • Biotechnology
      • Animal Science
      • Plant Science
      • Health
  • Georgians Experience Astronomy Research in Schools ($1.3 million dollar two year grant funded by NASA). Science Learning: Integrating Design, Engineering and Robotics ($3.3 million dollar five year grant funded by NSF).
  • MSP – 25 funded grants throughout the state.
  • Georgia Performance Standards

  • Georgia Science Frameworks

  • Georgia Science Resources

  • Georgia Assessments

  • Math Science Partnerships (MSP) Program


*Idaho Science and Aerospace Scholars

& NASA Aerospace Scholars: a NASA initiative to increase STEM relations and education between students and State stakeholders.

*iSTEM: a coordinated state-wide effort by the State Department of Education, Idaho Professional-Technical Education, educators, businesses, and industry to support science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education in grades Kindergarten through 12th grade.

Idaho K-12 Science Standards-
  • Idaho Standards Achievement Tests (ISAT)
  • Idaho STEM Pipeline:
    • Goals:
      • Increase statewide participation in Idaho STEM by providing coordinated information and educational “pipeline” opportunities.
      • funded by the Idaho Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) and the National Science Foundation (NSF)
  • Legislatively mandated revision of K-12 science standards by December 2010.
  • Establishment of regional training networks for development of support materials and developing assessment literacy in science.
  • Highly Effective Teaching and Learning characteristics and support materials
  • KY Program of Studies
  • KY Core Content for Assessment
  • Science Newsletters
  • (Elementary)
  • (Middle)
  • (High)


Ann Wilson, Science Program Coordinator,

[email protected]

Jean May-Brett, Math Science Partnership

[email protected]

Angela Edwards, Science Assessment,

[email protected]

Loren Barrios, Elementary Science,

[email protected]

Susannah Craig, Supervisor of Secondary Standards, [email protected]

  • Race to the Top Finalist– Our State STEM Alliance will be an integral part of the R2T program for Louisiana should we be selected.
  • EAGLE(Enhanced Assessment of Grade-Level Expectations)

An online system containing formative assessment items and premade unit tests for our Comprehensive Curriculum, It allows teachers to create their own tests, and it produces class data reports.Science items will be added in May 2010. Additional information is at

  • End of Course Exams are being developed to replace current state Graduate Exit Exams. The Biology exam will be field tested in May and become operational in December of 2010.
  • Career-Tech Science course curricula are being developed . The courses that will count as science units toward graduation and as career-tech track courses are Forensic Science and Food Science.
  • State Standards Links

  • State Science Assessment link

  • Louisiana Comprehensive Curriculum: Science
  • Louisiana Math-Science Partnership

  • Standards Based Education -The RISC approach to standards-based design articulates connections between the work occurring in Maine since the adoption of the Learning Results and the next steps as Maine transitions to a standards-based system (
  • Environmental Literacy Plan (ELP) - The Maine DOE is collaborating with Maine Audubon, The Department of Conservation and the Maine Environmental Education Association to develop an ELP.
  • Maine STEM Collaborative – Statewide Initiative with nonprofits, governmental agencies and business to raise student aspirations to pursue STEM careers.
  • State Standards Link

  • State Science Assessment Link
  • Coming Soon – Open Education Resources in Science


Jake Foster, Curriculum, [email protected]

Katie Bowler, Assessment, [email protected]

  • Revision of Science and Technology/Engineering Standards with a Learning Progressions Approach,
  • Science and Technology/Engineering High School Graduation Requirement and Full Approval from the USED,
  • Race to the Top Finalist,
  • State Standards Link
  • State Science Assessment link
  • Science and Technology/Engineering Strand Maps


Katie Burke, [email protected]

Alyson Mike, [email protected] (affiliate member, MSTA president)

  • Science Standards and Inquiry PD Initiative-
    • Three tiered model of PD focused on the science standards, inquiry and integration if Indian Education for All. Initiative in collaboration with MT RSA. - PD tab
  • Formative Assessment in Science-
    • development of rubrics aligned to the Montana Essential Learning Expectations. Drafts developed and will be piloted during the 2010-2011 school year.
  • Montana Math and Science Teacher Initiative
    • Partnership between OPI, Montana University System, MCTM, MSTA, and IHE created to assess the demand for math and science teachers and improve the recruitment and retention of highly effective math and science teachers.
  • Montana K-12 Content Standards and Essential Learning Expectations
  • MontCAS Assessment in Science
  • Montana Office of Public Instruction Science Web page

  • Keep Improving Content Knowledge and Skills (KICKS)
  • Building a Presence (Science Matters)
  • Science SCASS
  • State Standards Link
  • State Science Assessment link
  • State Science Website


Richard N. Vineyard

[email protected]

  • Finally eligible to RttT, governor signed bill allowing use of student performance results in teacher evaluation on March 10
  • Integrating computer simulation-based science assessments into balanced state assessment systems.
  • Nevada Pathways Project: technology based PD
  • Nevada Science Content standards
  • Nevada State Science Assessments
  • Science Builder: for grades 3-5 & grades 6-8,
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New Hampshire


Jan McLaughlin

Past President of CSSS

State Member

affiliate member as of April 2010

Betsy Stefany


Affiliate Member

Reading & Technology Integration

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New Hampshire
  • Integrating science standards K-12
  • Using Inquiry and Data Every Day
  • Local Control and Science Change
  • Lack of State Education Consultants (missing Math, ELA and Science...)‏
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New Hampshire
  • I have been on medical leave since July 2009.
  • I will be retiring from full time state work as of April 2010 but will be doing consulting on grants, curriculum and PD
  • Contact me at 603-860-6373
  • Email [email protected]
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New Jersey
  • Revised Core Curriculum Content Standards for Science (
  • Classroom Applications Documents (
  • Graduation Requirements (
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New Jersey
  • New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards (
  • NJ Science Assessment Resources (
North Carolina
  • Finalist State for Race to the Top
  • Accountability and Curriculum Reform Effort– also known as ACRE - is the state's comprehensive initiative to redefine the Standard Course of Study for K-12 students, the student testing program and the school accountability model. In undertaking this ambitious work, North Carolina education leaders are the first in the nation to address learning standards, student tests and school accountability simultaneously.
  • North Carolina Environmental Literacy Plan -In the fall of 2008, the N.C. Department of Public Instruction and the N.C. Department of Environment & Natural Resources entered into a partnership to develop a state environmental literacy plan. This partnership was created in response to federal legislation called the No Child Left Inside Act, which would provide increased funding for environmental education initiatives as part of the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (also known as No Child Left Behind).  
North Carolina
  • North Carolina K-12 - Science Essential Standard

  • North Carolina K-12 Science Curriculum Units

  • Science Inquiry Institute

- Collaborative effort of OKSDE, the Science Museum Network and Science Museum Oklahoma to provide professional development in science inquiry and sustained support throughout the year

  • Math and Science Partnership Grants

- Outstanding professional development throughout the state with many projects taking teachers into the field to experience true science research

  • Coalition for the Advancement of Science and Math Education in Oklahoma (CASMEO)

- Broad-based leadership alliance to enhance and revitalize science and math ed in Oklahoma

  • Oklahoma Priority Academic Student Skills (PASS) for science

  • Oklahoma Core Curriculum Tests

  • Oklahoma Building Academic Vocabulary Resources



Constance Barsky [email protected]

Esther Hopkins

[email protected]

  • Mathematics and Science Partnerships: Delivering extensive (120 hours or more) and embedded (most hours occur during the school year) professional development for K-12 teachers
  • Performance Based Assessments: Engaging students in science tasks with performance assessed for content knowledge and scientific inquiry
  • Science Standard Revisions: Incorporating learning progressions, connections and integration of disciplines; based on international benchmarking

3rd Grade interdisciplinary experience

Eye of Integration

Investigate ways that humans have used and/or impacted soil as a resource



Cheryl Kleckner, Curriculum and Instruction [email protected]

Leslie Phillips, Assessment [email protected]

  • Moving Science Education Forward– Regional professional development workshops for K-12 science educators to assist in implementing the new Oregon Science Standards and provide hands-on scientific inquiry and engineering design experiences
  • Increased graduation requirements to 3 credits of inquiry-based science, effective for graduating class of 2013 (this year’s freshmen )

  • Second Round Hopeful State for Race to the Top
  • Oregon K-12 Science Standards
  • Online Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (OAKS) in Science
  • Scientific Inquiry Work Sample

  • Resources for Educational Achievement and Leadership (REAL)
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Rhode Island
  • Sweet Sixteen!!! - Finalist State for Race to the Top
  • Building A Strong Foundation in Mathematics and Science – Partnership Between RIDE and Charles A. Dana Center at the University of Texas at Austin to help LEAs align curricula with standards for math and science
  • Rhode Island Technology Enhanced Science Program (RITES) – $12.5 M NSF Targeted MSP providing professional development in the design and implementation of technology-enhanced investigations at the middle and high school level
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Rhode Island
  • Rhode Island K-12 Grade Span Expecations in Science -
  • NECAP* Assessment in Science -
  • NECAP Support Materials and Released Items -

*New England Common Assessment Program a shared assessment with New Hampshire, Vermont, and Maine (in Mathematics and Literacy)

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Linda K. Jordan

K-12 Science Coordinator

[email protected]

Tennessee Department of Education

  • STEM Initiative
    • Math Science Coordinator Collaboration
    • Statewide STEM Council
    • STEM Centers
    • STEM Academies

* STEM Advisory Council (bill)

  • Race to The “Summit” finalist

Be Careful What You Wish For…

    • Partner with Battelle, UTK, and ORNL/ORAU
    • STEM Coalition
  • State Standards Link
  • State Science Assessment link
  • Wild Card –


Kenn Heydrick, Texas Education Agency

Director of Science, [email protected]

Irene Pickhardt, Texas Education Agency

Assistant Director of Science, [email protected]

  • Statewide Professional Development Opportunities
      • Spring and Summer 2010
          • K-12 Science TEKS (1 day)
          • Grades 5-8 Academies (3 days)
          • Biology End-of-Course Exam Success (3 days)
      • Spring and Summer 2011
          • Chemistry & Physics End-of-Course Exam Success (3 days)
  • New State Assessment Program – STAAR
      • State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR)
      • Includes12 End-of-Course Assessments and New Grade 3-8 Assessments;
  • New Science Curriculum Standards – Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS), Beginning in 2010-2011
  • Texas Student Assessment Program
  • Graduation Plans – 4 Years in 4 Core Subjects
  • Texas College and Career Readiness Standards
  • Texas Regional Collaboratives for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (TRC)


David Smith–[email protected]

Shannon Buchanan- [email protected]

Kevin King- [email protected]

Brad Talbert- [email protected]

  • K-2 Science Core Curriculum -
  • Informal Science Education Enhancement (iSEE) (for example)
  • Ongoing development of computer innovative assessment items – machine scored, non-artificial intelligence, beyond multiple choice
  • State Standards Link
  • State Science Assessment link
vermont doe initiatives
Currently working on Race to the Top Second Round

6 MSP projects : Vermont Science Initiative, Vermont Math Institute, STEM-4 E, Increasing Rigor & Relevance for Students Enrolled in Agriculture Edcucation, Southwest Vermont Science Partnership Enhancement Program , VSSP

Engineering is Elementary


Vermont DOE Initiatives
  • VT Science GLEs :
  • VT Science Assessment NECAP in partnership with New Hampshire and Rhode Island:
  • Guide to Using the NECAP Science Reports 2009:
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Vermont Continued
  • 2009 NECAP Science Released item and Support Materials:
  • Science foundations document -
  • Balanced assessment system –

  • Every child a graduate –

  • State Standards – Wisconsin’s Model Academic Standards for Science
  • State Science Assessment – Wisconsin Knowledge and Concepts Examination (WKCE)

advocacy initiative
Advocacy Initiative
  • Who should our organization build relationships with?
  • What should our message and process be to ensure success?
  • What support would membership need from the Board?