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The Ohio science academic content standards provide all students in the
kindergarten through 12th grade program with a set of clear and rigorous
expectations. The science standards focus on what all Ohio students need to know
and be able to do for scientific literate citizenship, regardless of age, gender,
cultural or ethnic background, disabilities or aspirations in science.

The science standards include science concepts, processes and ways of thinking.
All Ohio students can apply these skills and understandings to make informed
personal decisions, to accurately communicate with a variety of audiences, to
become lifelong learners, and to make successful transitions to postsecondary
education and the work force. The standards also include expectations for all Ohio
students to safely and effectively use technological tools for learning and doing
science. The Ohio science academic content standards are listed below:

Content Standards:

Earth and Space Sciences
Life Sciences
Physical Sciences
Science and Technology
Scientific Inquiry
Scientific Ways of Knowing

The Ohio science standards identify essential expectations for students: concepts,
principles, theories and processes of science. The science standards describe broad
areas of content such as the interdependence of organisms, the interactions of
matter and energy, objects in the sky, and the nature of scientific knowledge. The
six standards address essential knowledge and skills in science that people may
use in solving problems creatively, thinking critically, working cooperatively in
teams, using technology effectively and valuing lifelong learning.

The Ohio science academic content standards provide teaching and learning
opportunities that include accurate and technically-precise scientific information,
scientific inquiry, technological design, communication and understanding of
science concepts, analysis of data, and application of concepts.

Students' success in meeting the expectations of the standards depends on
teaching and learning as an active inquiry process. This means that all teachers
need the opportunity to teach science as something in which students are actively
engaged. When participating in inquiry, students describe objects and events, ask
questions, construct explanations, test those explanations against current scientific
knowledge and communicate their ideas to others. This includes engaging all
students' with relevant, real-world activities that develop students' knowledge,
communication skills and scientific process skills.

Standards/Benchmarks/Indicators
The science standards enhance development of students' understanding of science concepts by combining scientific inquiry and technology studies with mathematical reasoning/analysis and language skills. Scientific literacy enables students to use scientific principles and processes in making personal decisions and to participate in discussions of scientific issues that affect society. Science instruction can also integrate knowledge and skills from disciplines such as mathematics, English
language arts, social studies and other disciplines to develop conceptual frameworks that lead to broader understandings. The following terms and definitions are used in this document:

    Standard:

An overarching goal or theme in science. The standard statement describes, in broad terms, what students should know and be able to do as a result of the kindergarten through 12th grade program.

    Benchmark:

                   A specific statement of what all students should know and be able to
                   do at a specified time in their schooling. Benchmarks are used to
                   measure a student's progress toward meeting the standard. Science
                   benchmarks are defined for by grades K-2,3-5,6-8,9-10,and 11-12.

    Grade-level Indicator:

A specific statement of the knowledge and/or skills that a student is expected to demonstrate at each grade level. These indicators serve as checkpoints that monitor progress toward the benchmarks.

The Preceding is excerpted from the Overview of Academic Content Standards produced by the Ohio Department of Education
 

High School Science Grade Level Indicators

Ohio State Science Freshman (9th Grade) Indicators

Ohio State Science Sophomore (10th Grade) Indicators

Ohio State Science Junior (11th Grade) Indicators

Ohio State Science Senior (12th Grade) Indicators

The Preceding is excerpted from the Overview of Academic Content Standards produced by the Ohio Department of Education

C&S, Honors & AP Chemistry Key Terms & OGT Key Terms

Honors Chemistry Key Terms    Terms & Definitions

AP Chemistry Key Terms    Terms & Definitions

OGT Key Science Terms & Definitions Word Document

The Preceding is excerpted from the Overview of Academic Content Standards produced by the Ohio Department of Education

Ohio Department of Education (ODE Web updates in progress)

2002 Academic Content Standards - ODE home page for standards

2002 Academic Content Standards - (Adobe document)

Realignment with NEW 2010 State Standards (In Progress)

 Revised Academic Content Standards and Model Curriculum Overview (PDF) Revised 7/19/11

 PreK-High School Crosswalk between 2002 and 2010 Standards (Excel)  Revised 5/4/11

 High School Science Revised 2011 Standards and Model Curriculum (PDF) - Revised 3/2011

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