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    School Board Approves Adoption and Purchase of Science Instructional Materials for K-12 Students
    Posted on 05/30/2019

    School Board Approves Adoption and Purchase of Science Instructional Materials for K-12 Students

    At the May 29, 2019 Regular School Board meeting, the Board voted to adopt the following curriculum materials. Watch a recording of the meeting on YouTube.

    High School

    Approved instructional materials for grades 9-12:

    • Biology A: Carbon TIME
    • Biology B: District-developed Materials (Developed by Seattle Public School Teachers in Collaboration with University Partners)
    • Chemistry A: District-developed Materials (Developed by SPS Teachers in Collaboration with University Partners)
    • Physics A and B: PEER Physics (Physics through Evidence: Empowerment through Reasoning)

    Middle School

    Approved instructional materials for grades 6-8:

    • AmplifyScience

    *The middle school adoption was approved with the following amendment, “After the 4th year of implementation the Research and Evaluation Department shall do a comprehensive analysis of outcomes across formative, summative, and interim assessments for K-12."

    Elementary

    Approved instructional materials for grades K-5:

    • AmplifyScience

    *The elementary adoption was approved with the following amendment, “After the 4th year of implementation the Research and Evaluation Department shall do a comprehensive analysis of outcomes across formative, summative, and interim assessments for K-12."

    Providing quality instructional science materials aligned to standards is a move toward educational equity for all 53,000 SPS students. All curricula are aligned to the Washington State Next Generation Science Standards, adopted in 2013. The new materials replace outdated science curricula that were adopted 24 years ago for elementary, 17 years ago at grades 6-8, and 20 years ago for only one 9-12 science course.

    This work would not have been possible without the 90 members of the science adoption committees, which included: students, teachers, principals, scientists, engineers, and university professors. Read more about the committees. Their dedication, commitment, and passion for K-12 Science education is deeply appreciated. For more details on the adoption process and the adopted materials, please visit the Science Adoption page.

    Next Steps and Implementation

    With the approval of the new curricula, purchasing of the materials will soon take place. The new curricula for middle and high school science instruction will be implemented in the 2019-2020 school year. Due to the large number of elementary schools, implementation will be phased in over three years starting with the 2019-2020 school year, with a portion of schools receiving the new curriculum every year. Included in the adoption are funds earmarked for professional development to help teachers effectively use the new materials in their classrooms.