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The Science Standards

What an exiting senior should be able to do in science:

Inquiry

  1. Demonstrate an understanding and apply basic scientific concepts, principles and theories in biology, chemistry, physics and earth/space sciences relative to the science program completed by the student.
  2. Identify and solve problems through scientific investigation, including: identification of the problem, student design of experiments, collection of relevant evidence or data, use of logical reasoning, appropriately analyzing quantitative and qualitative data from experiments, drawing conclusions and identifying the validity of an experiment.
  3. Demonstrate various scientific inquiry skills including: formulating predictions, differentiating between observations and inferences, making generalizations from observations, relating an effect to its cause, identifying patterns or relationships, distinguishing between quantitative and qualitative observations, comparing, sorting and/or classifying objects or events.
  4. Select and use appropriate technology, laboratory equipment and materials, including sensing devices to measure, calculate, organize and communicate data.
  5. Demonstrate the ability to work independently and collaboratively in an organized fashion to complete a task.

Communication

  1. Demonstrate the abilities associated with accurate and effective communication. These include writing, following written
    procedures, summarizing data, using language appropriately, developing diagrams and charts, explaining statistical analysis, constructing a reasoned argument, and responding to critical comments.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to create and/or interpret scientific information provided in graphs, tables, charts and illustrations.

STS - Science, Technology & Society

  1. Distinguish between the role of science striving to understand the natural world and technology seeking solutions to human problems.
  2. Analyze the possibilities and limits of science and technology in order to make and defend decisions about societal issues.
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