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The Georgia Science standards are designed to provide foundational knowledge and skills for all students to develop proficiency in science. The Project 2061’s Benchmarks for Science Literacy and the follow up work, A Framework for K-12 Science Education were used as the core of the standards to determine appropriate content and process skills for students. The standards focus on a limited number of core disciplinary ideas and crosscutting concepts which build from Kindergarten to high school.

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The Science Georgia Standards of Excellence drive instruction. Hands-on, student-centered, and inquiry-based approaches should be the emphasis of instruction. The standards are a required minimum set of expectations that show proficiency in science. 

 
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Instructional Resources for Science Teachers

The purchase and use of instructional resources and materials are decisions made at the local school district and/or school levels. The Department of Education provides many instructional resources that are aligned to the Georgia Standards of Excellence (GSE).  Resources for teachers can be found here:

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Resource Spotlight

Self-Reflection Checklists: This tool to help students self-reflect on their progress is also included in the Essential Toolkit. Click here to access the checklists.  

Equity Instructional Planning Look-For: This document is available in the Essential Toolkit within the “Need to Know” bucket. Designed to help teachers evaluate their lessons for equity, this resource can be accessed here. 

Aligned science resources are available and include example frameworks consisting of instructional segments with pacing guides, curriculum maps, phenomena cards and more. Resources can be found in the Teacher Resource Link (the Teacher Resource Link can also be accessed through the SLDS system). See Finding Resources on the TRL​ for more.  


Science Standards and Curriculum Frameworks

Georgia Science Standards and Courses

 

Science Videos:

Reading, Writing, and Science: The Perfect Combination

What does literacy have to do with science? Everything! As students obtain, evaluate, and communicate information throughout courses and grades, literacy is an integral piece. Celebrate literacy with the GaDOE science team and author Jodi Wheeler-Toppen in the following video series. Find tips and strategies to support your science classroom being a space where students read, write, speak, and think. Consider using these resources and table tents​ that are shown in the videos. 

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Professional Learning

Science Updates

Join the GaDOE science team in this video to learn about updates with standards, assessment, and resources. Click the image to open the video.

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Professional Learning

  • What is 3D science? Check out our self-paced, online module about science instruction under the GSE.  Find the course on the PL tab inside the SLDS (access to SLDS required). Search for "Three Dimensional Science Instruction" and self enroll. Earn a badge for completion!

  • Need Professional Learning Community resources? See the PLC Science in 3D for 10 guided discussions that can be used throughout the year to learn more about the structure, background and intended outcomes of the GSE.

  • To join a science email list to receive updates and newsletters from the science program, please send a blank email to one or more of the following email addresses below: ​

Science K-5:

join-science-k-5@list.doe.k12.ga.us

Science 6-8:

join-science-6-8@list.doe.k12.ga.us

Science 9-12:

join-science-9-12@list.doe.k12.ga.us

Science Testing and Assessment Resources

 Georgia Mile​​​stones EOG Resources

 

Opportunities for Students

 
 

Teacher Awards

 

Helpful Links

Science Newsletters

Science Ambassadors

When the Georgia Standards of Excellence were approved, GaDOE trained approximately 300 educators from around the state in the foundations and instructional strategies that are central to the standards. A second cohort of teachers was trained in the fall of 2019. The ambassadors continue professional development and teacher support in their districts and RESAs. Interested in bringing an ambassador to your school or district? Please contact us for ambassadors near you. 


 
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 Contact Information

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Amanda Buice
Science Program Manager
Phone: 404-657-8319
 
Keith Crandall
Science Program Specialist
Phone: 404-657-0182

 
Renee Shirley-Stevens
Content Integration Special Education Program Specialist for Science
Phone:404-463-1932


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