Subject Areas » Science

Science

Lori Wegman, Instructional Specialist of Science
(513) 858-7129

 Ohio’s New Learning Standards for Science and Model Curriculum for Science Education serve as a basis for what all students should know and be able to do in order to become scientifically literate citizens equipped with knowledge and skills for the 21st century workforce and higher education. Ohio educators are provided with the content and expectations for learning upon which to base science curriculum at each grade level. By the end of high school, students should graduate with sufficient proficiency in science to:
• Know, use and interpret scientific explanations of the natural world;
• Generate and evaluate scientific evidence and explanations, distinguishing science from pseudoscience;
• Understand the nature and development of scientific knowledge;
• Participate productively in scientific practices and discourse.
 
During the years of K-4, all students must become proficient in the use of the following scientific processes, with appropriate laboratory safety techniques, to construct their knowledge and understanding in all science content areas:
• Observe and ask questions about the natural environment;
• Plan and conduct simple investigations;
• Employ simple equipment and tools to gather data and extend the senses;
• Use appropriate mathematics with data to construct reasonable explanations;
• Communicate about observations, investigations and explanations; and
• Review and ask questions about the observations and explanations of others.

During the years of grades 5-8, all students must use the following scientific processes, with appropriate laboratory safety techniques, to construct their knowledge and understanding in all science content areas:
• Identify questions that can be answered through scientific investigations;
• Design and conduct a scientific investigation;
• Use appropriate mathematics, tools and techniques to gather data and information;
• Analyze and interpret data;
• Develop descriptions, models, explanations and predictions;
• Think critically and logically to connect evidence and explanations;
• Recognize and analyze alternative explanations and predictions; and
• Communicate scientific procedures and explanations.
 
During the years of grades 9 through 12, all students must use the following scientific processes with appropriate laboratory safety techniques to construct their knowledge and understanding in all science content areas:
• Identify questions and concepts that guide scientific investigations;
• Design and conduct scientific investigations;
• Use technology and mathematics to improve investigations and communications;
• Formulate and revise explanations and models using logic and evidence (critical thinking);
• Recognize and analyze explanations and models; and
• Communicate and support a scientific argument.
 
 

 
Testing:
 
Evaluation of the skills and knowledge gained through the implementation of the Science Course of Study is a critical component necessary to determine the growth of the students as well as the effectiveness of the curriculum. Common formative assessments will be used to inform teachers and students about progress toward meeting learning targets and to plan for remediation and enrichment. Common summative assessments will be used to evaluate mastery of the standards. Additionally, Fairfield City School District is subject to Ohio’s state-wide testing program and accountability system. Students are assessed by the state at grade five, grade eight and Biology. Staff will analyze the data from the state and local assessments to focus and provide intervention at each grade level.