The Science Standard Articulated by Grade Level

The Arizona Science Standard was approved by the State Board of Education in 2004 and is the current science standard. Instruction should be aligned to this standard during the 2015-16  and 2016-17 school years. A timeframe for adopting new science standards in Arizona has not yet been determined.

Arizona Science Standard
(Approved 5.24.04; Updated 3.10.05)

Arizona Science Standard (PDF of the complete document)

For a better understanding of the design of this standard and guidance on implementing this standard, download the complete document and refer to the Introduction pages viii-xxi.

Key Design Elements:

  • The Science Standard was written for ALL K-12 students (page viii)
  • Science instruction must begin at the early grades and progress to more sophisticated understandings at higher grades (page viii)
    • Concepts are designed to spiral or scaffold across grades within a larger grade band (pages xx-xxi)
    • Major science concepts/understandings need to be developed over an entire K-12 education (page viii)
  • The Science Standard was designed for three-dimensional instruction
    • The six strands and five unifying concepts are intended to be taught together, to represent the true nature of science (page x)
    • Unifying  concepts develop across all grades, connect science disciplines, and connect science to other disciplines (page viii)
    • Strands 4, 5, and 6 are not intended to be taught in isolation; Strands 1, 2, and 3 are designed to be taught and embedded within each of the content strands (page x)
  • The Science Standard was designed to build conceptual understanding of core ideas and practices in science
    • The core ideas associated with each strand are summarized (pages xi- xii)
    • Each strand is divided into concepts; the core idea of each concept is summarized (pages xiii-xviii)
    • Performance objectives provide specific knowledge and skills to build deeper understanding of the concepts and/or strands
    • Performance objectives may be combined and taught in any order; teachers should decide how to best organize the content to meet the needs of their students (page x)
  • Teachers are encouraged to integrate writing, math, social studies, technology and other academic standards with the Science Standard (page xii)

Grade Level Documents

Kindergarten PDF Word
Grade 1 PDF Word
Grade 2 PDF Word
Grade 3 PDF Word
Grade 4 PDF Word
Grade 5 PDF Word
Grade 6 PDF Word
Grade 7 PDF Word
Grade 8 PDF Word
High School PDF Word

Arizona’s College and Career Ready Standards – English Language Arts for Literacy in Science and Technical Subjects
In each of the following documents, the first column includes the text of the ELA Standards for Literacy in Science and Technical Subjects. The second column provides an additional explanation of the standards and examples of how each standard could be taught in the classroom.

  • Literacy in Science and Technical Subjects: Grades 6-8 PDF
  • Literacy in Science and Technical Subjects: Grades 9-10 PDF
  • Literacy in Science and Technical Subjects: Grades 11-12 PDF

Science Resource Page

For an explanation of modifications made to the Science Standard Articulated by Grade Level as of March 10, 2005, download the Update Document (PDF or Word)


Lacey Wieser
Director of K-12 Science and STEM
K-12 Academic Standards
Arizona Department of Education
Phone: 602-364-2332