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Latest Curriculum Framework: Four Big Ideas & Seven Science Practices

New coursework, lab investigations and exam will be centered on “Big Ideas” covering key concepts and content, and “Science Practices” that build student inquiry skills.

Four Big Ideas:
  1. Evolution is the driving force for both diversity and unity of biological life.
  2. Biological systems use energy and molecular building blocks to grow, reproduce and maintain homeostasis.
  3. Living systems receive, transmit, and respond to information which is essential to life.
  4. All biological systems interact. Every interaction possesses complex properties.
Seven Science Practices:
  1. Use representations and models to communicate and solve scientific problems.
  2. Use mathematics as appropriate.
  3. Formulate questions to extend thinking or guide investigations.
  4. Plan and execute data collection strategies as appropriate to address a question.
  5. Analyze data to evaluate evidence.
  6. Work with scientific explanations and theories.
  7. Generalize or relate knowledge within and across domains.
To better prepare students for college and real world success.