Science

Arizona Science Standards

 

The Arizona Science Standard adopted in 2004 is the current science standard. Instruction should be aligned to this standard during the 2014-15 school year. A timeframe for adopting new science standards in Arizona has not yet been determined.  

 Arizona Science Standard Articulated by Grade Level (adopted 2004, revised 2005)

Arizona’s College and Career Ready Standards for Literacy in Science

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 Arizona’s College & Career Ready Standards – English Language Arts for Literacy in Science and Technical Subjects. The second column provides additional explanation of the standards and examples of how each standard could be taught in the classroom.

Search for text to use in your science classroom at the AZLibrary for Arizona Residents. Provides a searchable database of full text articles from over 1750 periodicals, research journals, newspapers, and publications.

 

Next Generation Science Standards Information and Updates

While the final version of the NGSS were released on April 9, 2013, Arizona has not adopted the NGSS. Arizona’s 2004 Science Standard is the current current science standard. Instruction should be aligned to this standard during the 2014-15 school year. Science AIMS will be administered to grades 4, 8, and HS Biology during Spring 2015. A timeframe for adopting new science standards or changing the science assessment in Arizona has not yet been determined.

Please visit the NGSS Information and Update page for more information. (Page updated March 2014)

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ADE Professional Development Opportunities

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This workshop provides secondary educators an opportunity to understand disciplinary literacy as defined by Arizona’s Common Core Standards. The critical skills necessary for reading texts in different disciplines- history, science, literature, mathematics and technical subjects will be shared. Participants will learn

 

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The practice of writing within the Science classroom is crucial for improving our students’ ability to think critically and deepen their understanding of science. This one-day workshop will provide the secondary science teacher (grades 6-12) with research based practices and teaching tools to support their students’ writing of explanations and arguments within the science classroom and the implementation of Arizona’s Common Core Standards. Participants will receive Negotiating Science: The Critical Role of Argument in Student Inquiry, Grades 5-10 by Brian Hand, Lori Norton-Meier, Jay Staker, Jody Bintz
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This workshop provides secondary educators an opportunity to understand disciplinary literacy as defined by Arizona’s Common Core Standards. The critical skills necessary for reading texts in different disciplines- history, science, literature, mathematics and technical subjects will be shared. Participants will learn:
Schedule a Web Meeting for Your Site

Would you like a Webinar or web meeting for your school or district PLC or content team? Please contact lacey.wieser@azed.gov to schedule an online session for your group on any of the following topics that support the Next Generation Science Standards and Arizona’s College and Career Ready Standards for Literacy in Science and Technical Subjects. Current topics are listed below:
 
An overview of the qualities of scientific models and the crosscutting concept of Systems and System models from, A Framework for K-12 Science Education will be shared. Example lessons aligned to the current Arizona Science Standards will be shared to show the progression of models from grade K-12.
Provides an overview of Arizona’s College & Career Ready Standards for Literacy in Science and Technical Subjects, how to use the ACCRS Appendices, and discuss classroom implications and strategies.
Participants will have the opportunity to explore the three dimensions of text complexity and learn to use tools for analyzing science and technical subjects text.
An overview of argumentation within the science classroom will be discussed. Participants will see examples of rich questions that can engage K-12 students in argumentation aligned with Arizona Science standards and Arizona’s College & Career Ready Standards in ELA.

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Arizona Science Assessment

Science AIMS will be administered to grades 4, 8, and HS Biology during Spring 2015. A timeframe for adopting new science standards or changing the science assessment in Arizona has not yet been determined.


Arizona Course Requirements and Recommended Instructional Time

High School Graduation Requirements
Recommended Instructional Time (elementary)
High School Graduation Requirements(as adopted on 12/10/07)
Table of High School Course Requirements (as adopted on 12/10/07)

 

Arizona Science Certification and HQT Information

AEPA (Arizona Educator Proficiency Assessments) Study Guides
Arizona’s Model for Identifying Highly Qualified Teachers and Paraprofessionals  

Laboratory Safety Resources

 

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Contact Information

Cheryl Dunham, K-12 Science Specialist
Phone: 602.542.4734
Lacey Wieser, Director of K-12 Science and Social Studies
Phone: 602.364.2332