The Georgia Standards of Excellence for Science are designed to provide students with the foundational knowledge and skills to develop proficient scientific knowledge. Based on the research found in A Framework for K-12 Science Education, the standards provide students with the scientific practices, concepts, and content necessary to analyze phenomena and solve real-world problems.
At the heart of the Georgia Standards of Excellence for Science is inquiry-based learning. The standards provide the opportunity for students to interact with science and engineering practices in a hands-on, student-centered way. Beginning in the 2017-2018 school year, the new science standards will be implemented across Georgia.
The standards include three major components:
- Disciplinary Core Ideas represent the content for Earth Science, Physical Science, and Life Science standards. In a real-world setting, these ideas are what scientists and engineers know.
- Science and Engineering Practices represent how science is conducted in the real world. The practices are what scientists and engineers do.
- Crosscutting Concepts represent how all science disciplines are connected.
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Science and the Georgia Milestones Assessment
End of Course assessments in science are given at the 5th and 8th grade levels. These are the only grade levels in K-8 that are assessed in science. Assessment on the Georgia Standards of Excellence for Science will begin in the 2017-2018 school year.
Click HERE for 5th Grade Study/Resource Guide for Students and Parents, Grade 5
Click HERE for 8th Grade Study/Resource Guide for Students and Parents, Grade 8
End of Grade assessments in science are given in high school Physical Science and Biology. Assessment for these courses will begin with the fall of 2017.
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Click HERE for Biology Study/Resource Guide for Students and Parents