Current Science and Engineering Curriculum
Everett Public Schools hosts a systemic science and engineering program, supporting science and engineering curriculum and programs across all grades.
Elementary School Curriculum
Elementary students engage in science and engineering with the support of STC, FOSS, Insights and Engineering is Elementary kits.
Middle School Curriculum
Middle school students engage in science and engineering with the support of STC, FOSS and SEPUP kits.
High School Curriculum
Coordinated Science and Biology are the required high school science courses, typically taken in grade 9 and 10 respectively. Students then have access to a host of elective courses, including Chemistry, Physics, Biotechnology, Environmental Systems Design, Anatomy & Physiology, Engineering Your World, Robotics Technology, Introduction to Sports Medicine, Sports Medicine 1, and Sports Medicine 2.
All comprehensive high schools also afford students the opportunity to participate in a range of Advanced Placement courses: AP Environmental Science, AP Biology, AP Chemistry, AP Physics 1, AP Computer Science A, and AP Computer Science Principles.
Transition to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
Washington State has adopted the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) as the state’s science standards. The NGSS were developed by states, for states. The NGSS identify scientific and engineering practices, crosscutting concepts, and core ideas in science that all K–12 students should master in order to prepare for success in college and 21st-century careers.
For several years, Everett Public Schools has been creating readiness for these new standards. District-wide professional development, across the grade levels, has advanced teachers understanding of:
the architecture of the NGSS and how these standards are different from past science standards; the science and engineering practices and related teaching strategies; and, how to create NGSS-aligned assessments.
In addition, a cadre of elementary STEM-Science leaders – classroom teachers with deep training of the standards – support their peers in understanding and transitioning to the standards.
A district-wide, K-12 NGSS Design Team is working to develop NGSS course maps, and over the next few years will lead the vetting and adoption of new NGSS aligned science and engineering curriculum.
To begin to assure inclusion of engineering teaching and learning, at the elementary level, Engineering is Elementary supplemental curriculum were adopted and integrated with the existing science materials. These materials leverage science to engage in engineering design to solve authentic problems based on human or animal need.
To begin transition to NGSS, at the middle school level, supplemental curriculum and courses have been integrated with the existing science materials:
Engineering and robotics courses support the integration of engineering; and,The Defined STEM supplemental curricula, integrated into each grade level science course, includes NGSS aligned project-based performance tasks.
Over the past few years, NGSS aligned high school courses, including Biotechnology and Environmental Systems Design, have been developed. In addition, the district’s core high school Biology course has been supplemented with the NGSS-aligned Carbon TIME biology materials.
New State Science Assessment
Starting in spring 2018, the Washington State science assessment will shift from the science measure of student progress (MSP) and Biology End-of-Course (EOC) to a new statewide science assessment, the Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science (WCAS). Students in grades 5, 8 and 11 will take the WCAS.
More information about WCAS can be found on the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction website.