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Application Window open for the Science Standards Revision Committees

The VDOE is seeking nominations for individuals who are qualified and available to serve on the Science Standards Revision Committee to review the K-12 Science Standards of Learning during the summer of 2024. Nominees should be teachers, principals, administrators, content specialists, reading specialists, or other educators who have expertise with the content area and current standards. Individuals who wish to serve on a committee to review the K-12 Science Standards of Learning must submit an application using the SOL Teacher Committee Application Form by Friday, March 29, 2024.

Committee members selected on the basis of expertise, experience, and balanced regional representation will be notified by Friday, April 12, 2024. Committee members will be asked to examine information related to their content areas prior to convening for a three-day meeting between June 25-June 27, 2024, at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, to review and revise the standards. Additional details regarding the process can be found on the VDOE webpage Review & Revision of the 2018 Science Standards of Learning.

Review & Revision of the 2018 Science Standards of Learning

At its February 2, 2023, meeting, the State Board of Education (Board) authorized the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) to proceed with the development and revision process of the 2018 Science Standards of Learning

The Science Standards of Learning Revision and Implementation timeline is currently being reviewed by VDOE leadership.  An updated version will be available in March 2024.   

Seeking Public Comment on the 2018 Science Standards of Learning

As part of the revision of the 2018 Science Standards of Learning, the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) is seeking input from stakeholders. Please provide comments, suggestions, and feedback by submitting the Comments on the 2018 Science Standards of Learning or by emailing comments directly to vdoe.science@doe.virginia.gov. Comments must be received by May 31, 2024.

Science Instructional Plans (SIPs)

The Science Instructional Plans are currently housed in #GoOpenVA and can easily be accessed through the Science VDOE group. Find lesson plans for each grade level and discipline that were created to engage students as they build science conceptual understanding using the 2018 Science Standards of Learning.

VDOE Science Teacher Webinars

These monthly webinars are intended to support science teachers with instruction of the 2018 Science Standards of Learning.  VDOE Science Teacher Webinars are opportunities for Virginia science educators to hear directly from the VDOE Science Team. These virtual webinars will be held on the third Wednesday of each month between 4-5 p.m. Attendees will receive a certificate of attendance from VDOE for attending each full webinar. You must register separately for each event. Please consider registering for any or all of the VDOE Science Teacher Webinars!

  • March 20, 2024: Using the Science Classroom Observation Tool (SCOT) to Focus on Your Instructional Practices

Resources

For additional information on science Instructional Resources, Assessment Resources, and Professional Development – navigate using the following buttons.

Science Standards of Learning: Scientific and Engineering Practices

Students in science labThe Scientific and Engineering Practices reflected in the 2018 Science Standards of Learning describe behaviors that scientists engage in as they investigate the natural world and the practices that engineers use as they design and build models and systems.

The 2018 Science Standards of Learning Curriculum Framework includes scientific and engineering practices that are directly connected to science concepts. They are located within the Essential Knowledge and Practices and identified with a leaf bullet (leaf bullet). By utilizing both scientific and engineering practices in the science classroom, students develop a deeper understanding and competences with techniques at the heart of each discipline.

Clarification on the use of Computer Science courses to meet Science Graduation Requirements

In March 2023, the Board of Education approved the updated Board of Education Approved Courses to Satisfy Graduation Requirements for the Standard and Advanced Studies Diploma in Virginia Public Schools.  The BOE approved science courses section within this document indicates that AP Computer Science A (10157) and International Baccalaureate (IB) Computer Science (10159) may be used to meet a science coursework requirement for Standard and Advanced diplomas. 

Although these two computer science courses can be used to meet the science coursework requirements for these two diplomas, neither course can be used to meet the discipline requirements for science.  Standard diploma graduation requirements indicate that students must have three BOE approved science courses that represent a minimum of two science disciplines (Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Physics).  Advanced diploma graduation requirements indicate that students must have four BOE approved courses that represent a minimum of three disciplines.  Since Computer Science is not a discipline of science, it cannot be used to meet the discipline requirements in science for Standard or Advanced diploma in Virginia.

Science Update

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Need Science Instructional Support?

Please reach out to any member of the Science Instructional Team!