New Haven Science News Feb 9, 2015
¥ Please note for this yearÕs New Haven Science Fair at nhsciencefair.org. Teachers should continue to . NHPS schools should make sure they submit their as soon as possible. Note that the deadline for getting is in March, and that if a school is , it must be completed before April 9th for projects to be registered before April break. The citywide fair is Tue May 12th (setup on May 11th, awards May 13th).
Elementary Science Kits
¥ Science kits will be picked up March 16th, and the spring rotation delivered before April break. Continue to contact the , 9462818, with any questions and refer to the and . Please continue to make sure that elementary students are getting the they need and deserve through the district guidelines of 100 minutes/week of hands on instruction.
2015 Science CMT/CAPT
¥ for all 10th
graders (and retesters, those who have not met
proficiency) will be administered March 10/11. . Catherine McCaslin has sent details of test administration and held
910 for school
coordinators. Reminder that all students, including ELL, take
science (or the science checklist), and that the limited accommodations should
be entered by Feb 13. Reminder that at all grade levels, the content
tested was taught over several years. Inquiry questions still make up nearly
half the test questions, so it is important to continue to teach and .
Update on transition to new science standards.
¥ In 2013, the Next Generation were published , based on the . The and has examined them, and conducted a . They have been presented to the Connecticut State Board of Education subcommittee on standards, and were initially presented to the SBE on Feb 4th , with . Further public comment and outreach will be conducted before they are voted on and an adoption timeline is decided. It may not be decided until late spring or early fall 2015. It is 90% probable that for K-5, the standards will be adopted grade by grade as they are listed. Middle school is uncertain. High school would be by grade band, and lots of decisions about requirements and certifications remain.
¥ These new standards are based on and have which interweave , and . . . About a third of the content overlaps with current CT content/grade bands, a third is shifted content, and a third is new content. .
¥ There is a greater emphasis on all scientific practices, meaning lab activities are more important than ever. While the concepts of remain, there is also a greater emphasis on the , (overlaps with CCSS), and (overlaps with CCSS) and . Support and , including , are available at or .
New Standards (continued)
¥ There are NO significant changes to New Haven science curriculum, courses, tests, or materials anticipated for 2015-16, and . , these will first focus on the overlapping content areas, and add more on the science practices and CCSS connections. There are available. New Haven teachers will be receiving professional development, starting with practices, as the transition happens.
¥ High school course requirements remain as current: all students are expected to master , , and as detailed in , and highly recommended to take other fundamental science courses, such as . It is possible that eventually PhyChem content may need to add more Physics content and Biology and Chemistry more connections to EarthEnvironmental science to match these standards. Transition in may require new/shifted which we will be looking at. Middle schools may need new materials as well, and
¥ Science testing in elementary, middle, and high school remains REQUIRED by federal law, and as part of the . As presented in January, remain part of each school/district academic achievement performance index in CTÕs upcoming waiver application as well (1/3 of the academic achievement score for tested grades). There is a chance that CT may be able to join some sort of an assessment collaborative, either through or a New England group, still unknown. ¥ The state has put out a , which details possible timelines, including development of a more detailed formative interim assessment system. It is expected that will transition to online assessments (in 2016 or 2017?), and that there is a possibility that the high school assessment will move to 11th grade (in 2019?), and that eventually the (in 2019 or 2020?). Current district assessments/curriculum will thus remain aligned to current CMT/CAPT standards and adjusted as the transition occurs.
Connections to Common Core
¥ Thanks to the administrators, coaches, community volunteers and others who encourage science learning and events in their schools. Please continue to let us know of events, such as Family Science Nights and career days, and how we can help.
¥ Please also take time to thank , our Science Resource Center manager, and and , secondary science mentors. We continue to thank all science teachers for the outstanding work they do with students every day, and make them realize that science is the key to their future!
Please contact with questions:
K12 Science Supervisor