The goal of the North Carolina Standard Course of Study(NCSCS) for Science is to achieve scientific literacy. The National Science Education Standards define scientific literacy as "the knowledge and understanding of scientific concepts and processes required for scientific decision making, participation in civic and cultural affairs, and economic productivity." (p. 22)
The tenets of scientific literacy include the ability to:
- Find or determine answers to questions derived from everyday experiences.
- Describe, explain, and predict natural phenomena.
- Understand articles about science.
- Engage in non-technical conversation about the validity of conclusions.
- Identify scientific issues underlying national and local decisions.
- Pose explanations based on evidence derived from one's own work.
North Carolina students can achieve scientific literacy through an instructional program based on the science component of the Standard Course of Study for Science. The SCS is designed to merge unifying concepts of science, strands, content goals, and objectives.
These unifying concepts are:
- Systems, Order and Organization
- Evidence, Models, and Explanation
- Constancy, Change, and Measurement
- Evolution and Equilibrium
- Form and Function
The strands include:
- Nature of Science
- Science as Inquiry
- Science and Technology
- Science in Social and Personal Perspectives
The K-8 Science program includes goals and objectives from Life, Physical, and Earth Sciences each year. The High School Program is based on discipline specific courses including Biology, Chemistry, Earth/Environmental Science, Physical Science and Physics. Advanced courses including AP® and IB courses are encouraged.
- Mathematics and Science Partnership (MSP) Grants
- 2010 North Carolina Presidential Awardees
The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics & Science Teaching are the highest recognition that a Kindergarten through 12th grade science teacher may receive for outstanding teaching in the United States. The 2010 Awardees represent K-6 teachers.
- 2011 North Carolina Presidential Award Finalists
The 2011 Presidential Awards will recognize outstanding 7-12 science teachers. A national selection committee will review the applications of the state-level finalists and make recommendations.
For additional information contact:
NC Science Coordinator for PAEMST
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