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    High School Science Alignment
    Posted on 01/26/2018
    Two students in a science lab class work together

    High School Science Curriculum Alignment

    Seattle Public Schools high school students will see increased credit and assessment requirements with the change in state law requiring 24 credits to graduate. Both the science assessment and increase in credit requirements are aspects of the Washington state science standards adopted in 2013.

    Improving diversity in science and STEM-related career fields requires focus on K-12 learning opportunities. This change in Washington state science requirements for high school graduates is a step toward sowing the seeds of diversity in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields.

    The current freshman class, Class of 2021, will be required to have three credits (three years) in science instead of the current two. There is also a new required exam at the end of junior year, the Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science is now a graduation requirement. This exam is based on the new Washington State Science Standards which were adopted by the State in 2013.

    New Science Course Sequencing

    The Seattle Public Schools science department along with an alignment team of staff representing all comprehensive high schools in the district has analyzed the standards to determine what is needed for alignment and how to best prepare students to meet new state standards.

    For the past four years through collaboration and professional development of physics, chemistry and biology teachers, the alignment team has been rearranging courses taught in ninth and tenth grade to prepare students to successfully take the third year of science and pass the new state comprehensive science exam.

    The Alignment Team bundled the standards into six one-semester courses. Each course includes content in either biology, chemistry or physics (Biology A, Biology B, Chemistry A, Chemistry B, Physics A and Physics B). Embedded in each course are the new earth and space science standards as well as engineering, technology and application skills and critical thinking across disciplines that are a part of the new state standards. The courses will be arranged in a way to provide students multiple opportunities to build upon knowledge and skills gained during each grade and allow them to become familiar with digital content.

    Learn more about the high school science course requirements and curriculum alignment.

    Family Science Engagement Nights 2018

    The science department, including school staff, will host four regional community meetings for families to come learn more about the new requirements, the new sequence of courses, and options for students.

    January 25, 7-8:30 p.m. Chief Sealth High School, Library
    January 30, 6:30-8 p.m. Cleveland High School, Room 1201 This event will be rescheduled
    February 1, 7-8:30 p.m. Ingraham High School, Library
    February 8, 6:30-8 p.m. Garfield High School, Commons
    February 13, 6:30-8 p.m. Cleveland High School