Overview from OSPI Website
"The important thing is to not stop questioning"
Learning in science depends on actively doing science. Active engagement in
hands-on, minds-on science learning experiences enables students to make
personal sense of the physical world and to solve problems. Toward these ends,
the Essential Academic Learning Requirements for science were developed based on
the following set of guiding principles.
- All students should be expected to attain satisfactory achievement and
performance on all Essential Academic Learning Requirements.
- All students should have access to a carefully articulated science program each
year in kindergarten through 10th grade with opportunities for continued study
in grades 11 and 12.
- All students should receive quality feedback about their performance and
achievement in science on a continuous basis.
- All students, regardless of gender, cultural or ethnic background, physical or
learning disabilities, aspirations, or interest and motivation in science,
should have the opportunity to attain scientific literacy.
- All students should have access to effective and appropriate teaching from well
trained teachers who are supported with high quality instructional resources.
If all students attain mastery of the Essential Academic Learning Requirements
for science, Washington State will be much closer to attaining the national goal
of being the first in the world in science achievement and performance.