About the Science Curriculum
Today more than ever before, science holds the key to our survival as a planet
and our security and prosperity as a nation.
Scientific literacy assumes an increasingly important role in the context of globalization. The rapid pace of technological advances, access to an unprecedented wealth of information, and the pervasive impact of science and technology on day-to day-living require a depth of understanding that can be enhanced through quality science education. In the 21st century, science education focuses on the practices of science that lead to a greater understanding of the growing body of scientific knowledge that is required of citizens in an ever-changing world.
NJCCCS for Science Mission:
Scientifically literate students possess the knowledge and understanding of scientific concepts and processes required for personal decision-making, participation in civic and cultural affairs, and economic productivity.
NJCCCS for Science Vision:
- A quality science education fosters a population that:
- Experiences the richness and excitement of knowing about the natural world and understanding how it functions.
- Uses appropriate scientific processes and principles in making personal decisions.
- Engages intelligently in public discourse and debate about matters of scientific and technological concern.
- Applies scientific knowledge
Science is a tested subject as required by the No Child Left Behind Act. Science literacy is tested at the 4th, 8th and high school benchmarks. Beginning in May of 2008, the state department administered an end of course biology competency assessment to all students taking a first year biology course. This test addresses the challenging state standards embodied in the Core Curriculum Content Standards and the Biology Course specifications published on the department’s web site at http://www.nj.gov/education/aps/cccs/science . The biology performance assessment is comprised of three 45 minute written tasks in which students apply their knowledge of essential life science concepts and processes to solve problems or challenges posed by each task.