New York State Education Department Science Curriculum

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					  New York State
Education Department
  Science Curriculum,
    Instruction, and
      Assessment
         Update

        Spring 2006
Elementary, Middle, Secondary and
     Continuing Education
              EMSC
           Jean C. Stevens
    Interim Deputy Commissioner

    Curriculum, Instruction and
  Instructional Technology Team
          Anne Schiano
         Assistant Director
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Associates in Science Education


Ann Crotty, acrotty@mail.nysed.gov
Will Jaacks, ajaacks@mail.nysed.gov
Dianne Tanner, dtanner@mail.nysed.gov



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       New York State
      Science Initiative
                Mission:
Create a statewide learning community
to support student achievement of the
learning standards in science, leading
to a scientifically literate population.

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       New York State
      Science Initiative
                Vision:
Ensure the learning of science for all
Pre-K-12 students by providing
equitable access to exemplary teachers,
inquiry-centered curriculum and
instruction, standards-based
assessments, and a wealth of resources
and community support.
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      The New York State
Science Initiative is Designed to:

   Improve student achievement in
   science for all students Pre-K-12

   Provideleadership and assistance in
   science education

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 Elevatethe importance of science
 education

 Enhance  professional development for
 teachers in both the life sciences and
 the physical sciences

 Encourage students, teachers,
 administrators, parents, higher
 education professionals, and
 community members to build capacity
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  What benefits will result
  from the New York State
     Science Initiative?


 Studentswill engage in inquiry-
 centered curriculum programming
 which fosters the development and
 understanding of science content,
 concepts, skills, and attitudes.
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 Teacherswill participate in sustained
 professional development that
 enhances content knowledge and
 classroom instruction.

 Administrators will have clear
 understanding of the pathways to
 science education reform efforts to
 improve student achievement with
 data-driven results.
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 Parents/guardians and other family
 members will become partners in their
 students' science education.

 Higher education institutions will
 prepare teachers to embrace
 curriculum, instruction and assessment
 resources available to meet the
 learning standards in science at the
 elementary, intermediate, and
 commencement levels.
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  What are the Goals of the
  Statewide Strategic Plan
        for Science?
 Major components to foster systemic change
 in science education

 Curriculum, Professional Development,
 Assessment, Materials Support, and Administrative
 and Community Support

 Address   five key components simultaneously
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              Curriculum

•   Provide opportunities for Pre-K-12
    students to meet the New York State
    Learning Standards for Mathematics,
    Science, and Technology using
    exemplary science curriculum
    programs emphasizing an inquiry-
    centered approach to learning science.
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    Professional Development
•   Establish professional development
    opportunities to support scientific
    literacy statewide and build capacity
    among science educators and other
    stakeholders across the state to provide
    technical assistance regionally and
    locally.
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              Assessment
•   Use science assessment data including
    international, national, state and local
    data sources to inform decisions
    regarding curriculum, instruction and
    assessment for the purpose of
    improving student learning and
    achievement.
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         Materials Support

•   Support the development and
    implementation of inquiry-centered
    curricula using models of effective
    systems management of science
    materials and resources.


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        Administrative and
        Community Support

•   Build capacity among all stakeholders
    beyond the educational arena including
    business and industry.



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     New York State
  Education Department


  New York State Science Initiative:
 http://www.emsc.nysed.gov/ciai/mst/sciin.htm


Statewide Strategic Plan for Science:
http://www.emsc.nysed.gov/ciai/mst/sciplan.html

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Projects
   and
Priorities
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          National Science
          Resources Center
 Leadershipand Assistance for Science
 Education Reform (LASER)
     Curriculum, Professional Development,
     Assessment, Materials Support,
     Administrative and Community Support
 Systemic Change Approach
    Strategic planning and implementation
    Incorporate standards and resources
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NYSED Virtual Learning System
            (VLS)
 Accessand navigate the New York State
 Learning Standards
    7 Content Areas including
    Mathematics, Science and Technology
 Populate and provide curriculum and
 instructional resources for teachers
    Elementary, Intermediate, Commencement
    Levels
    http://eservices.nysed.gov/vls/
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   Public Broadcasting System
 Office of Cultural Education
    Cultivate relationship between the New York
    State Education Department and Regional
    Public Broadcasting Stations
 Alignment    and Development of PBS
 resources
     Support teaching and learning of standards
     http://www.oce.nysed.gov/etvpb/about.html

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       Mathematics & Science
            Partnership
 No Child Left Behind Act-Title II, Part                   B
 Grant Awards for 2004-2007
    Awards total over $13 million - 12 Projects
 Partnerships & Purpose
    High-need school districts, higher education
    Increase academic achievement
    Enhance content knowledge and pedagogy
    http://www.emsc.nysed.gov/ciai/msp.htm
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No Child Left Behind Act

   Requires the development of science standards by
    the 2005-2006 school year.
     Learning Standards for Mathematics, Science, and
      Technology
       •   Elementary Science Core Curriculum – Grades K-4
       •   Intermediate Level Science Core Curriculum – Grades 5-8
       •   The Living Environment Core Curriculum
       •   Physical Setting/Earth Science Core Curriculum
       •   Physical Setting/Chemistry Core Curriculum
       •   Physical Setting/Physics Core Curriculum

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No Child Left Behind Act
   Requires states to administer science assessments
    in three grade spans by the 2007-2008 school year.
     Grade 3 – Grade 5 (Elementary)
       •   Grade 4 Elementary-Level Science Test
     Grade 6 – Grade 9 (Intermediate)
       •   Grade 8 Intermediate-Level Science Test
     Grade 10 – Grade 12 (Commencement)
       •   Regents High School Examinations in:
             •   Living Environment
             •   Physical Setting/Earth Science
             •   Physical Setting/Chemistry
             •   Physical Setting/Physics

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   New York State Grade 4
Elementary-Level Science Test
   The written test format consists of:
     Part I - multiple choice
     Part II - multiple choice, constructed-response, and extended
       constructed-response
   The performance test consists of:
     On-demand tasks at three stations
        •   Measuring Objects and Liquids
        •   Electrical and Magnetic Testing
        •   Ball and Ramp
   Administration dates:
      Monday, April 10 to Friday, May 12
   Information link:
     http://www.nysedregents.org/testing/eleminttests.html
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    New York State Grade 8
Intermediate-Level Science Test
    The written test format consists of:
      Part I - multiple choice
      Part II - multiple choice, constructed-response, and extended
        constructed-response
    The performance test consists of:
      On-demand tasks at three stations
         •   Sorting Creatures, Ramp and Golf Ball, Woods and Water
    Administration dates:
      Performance test: Monday, April 10 to Friday, May 12
      Written test: Monday, May 1 to Friday, May 12
    Informational links:
      http://www.nysedregents.org/testing/eleminttests.html


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  Testing Requirements for
Accelerated Grade 8 Students
   School principals have the discretion to either require
    or waive the Grade 8 Intermediate-Level Science Test
    for those accelerated Grade 8 students who did not
    take this examination during the previous school year
    but who will be taking a Regents examination. For
    those students whom the school waives the Grade 8
    exam, achievement in science will be measured by
    the performance on the Regents examination.

   http://www.emsc.nysed.gov/osa/ei/det905.pdf

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            Living Environment
   The Regents Examination consists of:
     Part A - multiple choice
     Part B - multiple choice and constructed-response
     Part C - constructed-response and extended constructed-response
     Part D - multiple choice, constructed-response, and extended
        constructed-response (based on the four required
        laboratory activities)
   The four required laboratory activities
           Relationships and Biodiversity
           Making Connections
           The Beaks of Finches
           Diffusion Through a Membrane
   Information pertaining to this may be found at:
    http://www.emsc.nysed.gov/ciai/mst/dcomp.htm

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Physical Setting/Earth Science
    The written portion of the Regents Examination
     consists of:
      Part A - multiple choice
      Part B - multiple choice and constructed-response
      Part C - constructed-response and extended constructed-
       response
    The lab-practical performance component for the
     2006 administration of the Regents Examination in
     Physical Setting/Earth Science will be the 2001
     Edition of the Earth Science Performance Test.


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 Physical Setting/Chemistry
  Physical Setting/Physics
 Regents   Examination consists of:
  Part A – multiple choice
  Part B – multiple choice and constructed-
            response
  Part C – constructed-response and extended
            constructed-response



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     Commencement-Level
    Laboratory Components
 Implement new form of performance exam for
  Physical Setting/Earth Science in June 2007
 Continue four required laboratory activities for
  Living Environment
 Develop inquiry-centered laboratory activities for
  commencement-level science content areas for use as
  instructional resources
 Assess laboratory concepts and skills through current
  form of Regents examinations
 http://www.emsc.nysed.gov/ciai/mst/sci.html
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     Sponsored Science Programs

   Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science
    Teaching
      http://www.emsc.nysed.gov/ciai/mst/science/presa
       wardsci.htm
   New York State Science Olympiad
      http://www.emsc.nysed.gov/ciai/mst/Olympiad.htm
   National Youth Science Camp
      http://www.emsc.nysed.gov/ciai/mst/science/natyo
       uth.html

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