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    Curriculum

    The Middle School Science adopted curriculum is Amplify Science, written by the Lawrence Hall of Science at UC Berkeley (creators of the FOSS Science kits) and integrated into a digital platform developed by Amplify. Amplify Science is aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) three dimensions (Disciplinary Core Ideas, Scientific and Engineering Practices, and Cross-cutting Concepts) which are integrated into individual performance expectations which guide both instruction and assessment. The Amplify Science program engages learners in phenomenon-anchored science and engineering unit storylines as its instructional model. The curriculum was designed to reflect the NGSS preferred integrated progression for middle school, in which the performance expectations for Life Science, Earth and Space Science, Physical Science and Engineering Design are integrated throughout grades 6, 7, and 8.

    Amplify Science’s instructional model allows students to access their prior knowledge and to connect past learning experiences to the present. Students have the opportunity to ask questions and define problems about the natural and designed world, design investigations in which they collect and analyze trends and patterns in their data, engage in argument form evidence in both writing and through discourse with their peers, develop conceptual scientific models of physical phenomena, and to communicate their findings from their investigations. This course emphasizes the use of evidence-based reasoning for scientific explanations and engineering solutions in order to communicate recommendations to address real world problems.

    Learn more about the Amplify Science 6-8 Curriculum 

    Professional Development for Teachers

    Every science teacher at grades 6-8 are invited to participate in the ongoing collaborative professional development offered by the SPS Science Department to improve and grow their teaching practice in alignment with the WA State Science Standards and the goals of Seattle Public Schools’ strategic plan. A week-long summer institute along with three school year classroom release days are offered. This is time for teachers to come together with their grade-level colleagues to deepen their competencies around culturally relevant teaching and 3-Dimensional science instruction and assessment.

    2019-20 MS Science Teacher Collaboration Workshop Dates:

    • August 20-23, 2019
    • November 7, 2019
    • January 16 (Grd 7), January 21 (Grd 6), January 28 (Grd 8), 2020
    • March 26 (Grd 8), April 2 (Grade 6), April 9 (Grade 7), 2020

    State Level Assessment: Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science (WCAS)

    The WCAS assessment is given at the end of grades 5, 8, and 11 in order to fulfill federal requirements that students be tested in science once at elementary, middle, and high school level.

    WCAS is a computer-based assessment with digitally-interactive components. Students complete a variety of item types which assess their mastery of the Washington State K-12 Science Learning Standards, which are based on the Next Generation Science Standards.

    Paper WCAS Individual Score Reports (ISRs) for performance on the Spring 2019 WCAS will arrive in districts in early October.

    For more information , please visit OSPI’s Science Assessment webpage: https://www.k12.wa.us/student-success/testing/state-testing-overview/washington-comprehensive-assessment-science

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