- Curriculum Frameworks
- Enhanced Scope & Sequence Sample Lesson Plans
- Test Blueprints
- Released Tests
- Practice Items
- Instructional and Assessment Resources
Science Standards of Learning (SOL) Review – On January 28, 2016, the Virginia Board of Education accepted the Superintendent of Public Instruction’s report that provided a rationale and recommended timeline for the review and revision of the 2010 Science Standards of Learning and 2010 Science Standards of Learning Curriculum Framework. For more information, see Superintendent's Memo 052-16.
Science Email Update Registration – Teachers, principals and science coordinators are encouraged to register to receive the VDOE Science Update distributed by the science office about twice a month. Copies of recent emails are available in the General Resources tab below.
The Virginia Department of Education is pleased to announce several different summer professional development opportunities for teachers. Teachers must apply for these different professional development opportunities; selection will be made to ensure the different regions have equitable access to the professional developments. In addition, teachers that are from warned or denied schools will have priority in the participant selection process. There is no cost to attend any of these professional developments and food and lodging for each will be provided.
Teachers on the Estuary (TOTE): Estuary Science for Life Science and Biology Teachers – This standards-based professional development workshop focuses on life science and biology environmental concepts related to Chesapeake Bay and its estuaries. The TOTE workshop supports Governor McAuliffe’s commitment of engaging students in meaningful outdoor education by supporting teacher professional learning. The Teacher on the Estuary (TOTE) workshop is a three-day professional development opportunity that will be held from August 1-3, 2017 at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) in Gloucester, Virginia. Registration for teachers can be completed online at Teacher on the Estuary Registration. Registration for TOTE workshop will be open from February 24- May 1, 2017. Notifications of acceptance will be provided to applicants and the applicants’ school principals by e-mail on or before May 26, 2017. For more information, refer to Superintendent’s Memo 055-17 – Teachers on the Estuary (TOTE): Estuary Science for Life Science and Biology Teachers.
Environmental Literacy: Implementing and Assessing Meaningful Watershed Experiences – This standard based professional development will provide participants with lessons and experience through Project Aquatic WILD, a nationally recognized supplementary curriculum, and will demonstrate how performance based assessments can be used to determine student learning and increase science and environmental literacy K-12. The Environmental Literacy workshop is a three-day professional development opportunity that will be held from June 26-28, 2017, at Matthews State Forest near Galax, Virginia. Registration for teachers can be completed online at Environmental Literacy MWEE Workshop Registration. Registration for the Environmental Literacy: Implementing and Assessing Meaningful Watershed Experiences workshop will be open from February 24-May 1, 2017. Notifications of acceptance will be provided to applicants and the applicants’ school principals by email on or before May 26, 2017. For more information refer to Superintendent’s Memo 054-17 – Environmental Literacy: Implementing and Assessing Meaningful Watershed Experiences
Teaching Inquiry Learning Together (TILT) – The Virginia Department of Education is seeking two-member teams from individual middle and high schools to attend this two-day program. TILT is based on the science process and skills standard in each grade level/discipline and will include strategies for implementing inquiry laboratory opportunity in science classrooms as well as combined pedagogy sessions with opportunities to model effective instructional strategies and co-teaching practices. Time will be structured on a daily basis to support school team planning and coordination. Priority will be given to teachers who teach in schools that have not met the state benchmarks on the Grade 8 Science, Earth Science, or Biology Standards of Learning assessments. Workshop participants will receive a $200 stipend for their successful completion in this professional development. For more detailed information regarding this program and how to register, please visit the CTA Web site.
The Science Standards of Learning identify academic content for essential components of the science curriculum at different grade levels. Standards are identified for kindergarten through grade six and for a core set of middle and high school courses – life science, physical science, Earth science, biology, chemistry and physics.
In addition to the standards, curriculum frameworks, enhanced scope and sequence guides, test blueprints and released tests, the following K-12 science instructional resources are available.
VDOE continues to provide professional development for school divisions and teachers to support the implementation of the 2010 Science Standards of Learning. School divisions and teachers are encouraged to utilize the professional development resources to improve student achievement through quality instruction. Go to Professional Development Resources.
The Standards of Learning (SOL) for Virginia Public Schools establish expectations of what students should know and be able to do at the end of each grade or course in English, mathematics, science, history/social science and other subjects. The SOL in certain disciplines support Environmental Literacy explicitly and in others implicitly.
Environmental Literacy offers connections to the Virginia Standards of Learning, school programs in action, teaching resources, grant programs, and more.
The U.S. Department of Education recognizes schools where staff, students, officials and communities have worked together to produce energy efficient, sustainable and healthy school environments and to ensure the sustainability and environmental literacy of graduates. More about Green Ribbon Schools. As part of the Green Ribbon Schools Application, schools and districts need to provide information on three different areas.
Teachers, principals and science coordinators are encouraged to register to receive the VDOE Science Update distributed by the science office about twice a month. Copies of recent emails are available as PDF or Word files.
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