The Ann Arbor Public Schools provides a comprehensive science program in the domains of life, earth, and physical sciences. In support of career, college and civic readiness, the Science Department aims to develop students with the knowledge, skills and dispositions to engage in the following science and engineering practices.
Ann Arbor Public Schools is in the process of implementing the new Michigan Science Standards adopted in 2015, with an anticipated completion date of spring 2020. At that time, the Science program will align with new state assessments based on the Michigan Science Standards.
- Asking questions (science) and defining problems (engineering)
- Developing and using models
- Planning and carrying out investigations
- Analyzing and interpreting data
- Using mathematics and computational thinking
- Constructing explanations (science) and designing solutions (engineering)
- Engaging in argument using evidence
- Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information
What are the Michigan Science Standards (MSS)?
The K-12 Michigan Science Standards, based on the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), include every grade and every scientific discipline, setting expectations for what students should know and be able to do in science.
A major difference between the MSS and current Grade Level Content Expectations (GLCEs) is three-dimensional (3D) learning. 3D learning refers to the thoughtful and deliberate integration of three distinct dimensions: 1) Scientific and Engineering Practices; 2) Disciplinary Core Ideas, and 3) Crosscutting Concepts.
Through 3D learning, the MSS emphasize that science is not just a series of isolated facts. This awareness enables students to view science more as an interrelated world of inquiry and phenomena rather than a static set of science disciplines.
The MSS represent a fundamental shift in science education and require a different approach to teaching science than has been done in the past. Teachers will use a range of strategies to engage students and create opportunities to demonstrate their thinking and learning.
How will science education change with the MSS?