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Science Resources & Links

Support for Best practices in Science Instruction

Science Notebooks in K-12 Classrooms
Resources to support the use of science notebooks and examples of student work from science notebooks.

North Cascades and Olympic Science Partnership
Set of tools and other resources that will help improve your classroom practice or plan and deliver professional development

NSDL Science Literacy Maps
A tool for teachers and students to find resources that relate to specific science and math concepts.

Curriculum Topic Study
A coordinated set of science and mathematics materials to help K-12 educators deepen their understanding of the science and mathematics topics they teach.

Science Standards and Assessment

OSPI Science Resources:
Washington Science Learning Standards
Main page for Science Assessment
Educator Assessment Resources
Science MSP & HSPE Test and Item Specifications

Science Assessment Item Banks:
Misconceptions-Oriented Standards-Based Assessment Resources for Teachers (MOSART)
Multiple-choice tests that can be used to assess their students' understanding of science concepts.

AAAS Project 2061 Science Assessment Website
Free access to more than 600 items, appropriate for middle and early high school students.

Support for Frequently Used Science Materials

Instructional Materials Alignment: Instructional materials from a variety of publishers have been aligned with the Washington State Science Learning Standards.

WA LASER alignment of many STC, FOSS and SePUP Middle School Modules
ESD 112 Alignment of many FOSS elementary school modules
ESD 123 alignment of many STC elementary modules

Washington State LASER Toolkits
LASER-developed teacher toolkits are intended to supplement teacher’s guides with classroom tips from an experienced Washington State teacher.

Washington State LASER Exemplary Instructional Materials
A list of materials that have been reviewed by Washington State LASER and are considered to be Exemplary Instructional Materials.

OSPI Instructional Materials Review

Connections to Science Research

Effective Science Instruction: What Does Research Tell US?
This brief distills research on science learning to inform a common vision of science instruction

How People Learn – Key Findings
A broad overview of research on learners and learning and on teachers and teaching.

American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Atlas of Science Literacy
A two-volume collection of conceptual strand maps that show how students’ understanding of the ideas and skills that lead to literacy in science, mathematics, and technology might develop from kindergarten through 12th grade.

AAAS Benchmarks for Science Literacy
Project 2061 statement of what all students should know and be able to do in science, mathematics, and technology by the end of grades 2, 5, 8, and 12.

AAAS Science For All Americans
Defines science literacy and lays out some principles for effective learning and teaching.