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Oregon's Science Common Curriculum Goals describe the knowledge and skills desired in a scientifically literate high school graduate. The Oregon content standards identify the core science that all students should know and be able to do to prepare them for their next steps, keeping all postsecondary options open to all students. The significant percentage of students who meet these standards reflect the hard work of students, teachers, and schools and underscore the commitment of many to preparing students for the 21st century.

Curriculum and Instructional Resources

Resources for Teachers, Students, Parents, and Administrators

  • Science - Engineering Design in Teaching Science
    The new Oregon 2014 Science Standards (Next Generation Science Standards) take science inquiry and engineering design a step further by articulating scientific and engineering practices and integrating them into performance expectations. This page provides free professional development materials and sample lessons that are aligned to Oregon standards.
  • Adopted Instructional Materials
    Instructional materials on this page are reviewed using specific criteria and formally adopted by the State Board of Education. Select the subject Science to see the Science Instructional Materials.
  • Science Links
    A collection of external web links to a variety of resources, including researchers' data, maps, photos, simulations and models.
  • Earth and Sea Investigators
    Earth and Sea Investigators was a science education enrichment program for middle school students in rural and isolated schools.

  • Science Teaching and Learning to Standards 2007-2009 PDF   11/17/2011 (1.86 MB)
    The purpose of this science education document is to provide resources and advice for teachers, professional development personnel, and teacher educators to help them implement state standards in Oregon’s schools. The resources within this document alone will not assure that students attain Oregon standards.
  • National Youth Science Camp  External Link  
    The National Youth Science Camp is an intense residential science education program for young scientists the summer after they graduate from high school.
  • Institute of Education Sciences  External Link  
    The Institute of Education Sciences (IES) publishes practice guides in education to bring the best available evidence and expertise to bear on the types of challenges that cannot currently be addressed by single interventions or programs. IES practice guides consist of a list of discrete recommendations for educators that are intended to be actionable. These recommendations taken together are intended to be a coherent approach to a multifaceted problem. Each recommendation is explicitly connected to the level of evidence supporting it (e.g., strong, moderate, low). IES practice guides are written by panels of nationally recognized experts and are subjected to rigorous external peer review.
  • Encouraging Girls in Math & Science PDF  External Link  
    This NCER Practice Guide is the second in a series of IES guides in education. Developed by a panel of experts, this guide brings together the best available evidence and expertise to provide educators with specific and coherent evidence-based recommendations on how to encourage girls in the fields of math and science. The objective is to provide teachers with specific recommendations that can be carried out in the classroom without requiring systemic change. Other school personnel having direct contact with students, such as coaches, counselors, and principals may also find the guide useful. The guide offers five recommendations and indicates the quality of the evidence that supports the recommendations. Together, the recommendations make a coherent statement: To encourage girls in math and science, educators need to strengthen girls' beliefs about their abilities in math and science, spark and maintain greater interest in these subject areas, and build associated skills.
  • Organizing Instruction & Study to Improve Student Learning PDF  External Link  
    This NCER Practice Guide is the third in a series of IES guides in education. This guide reflects an expert panel's consensus on some of the most important principles to emerge from research on learning and memory. The guide draws on the best available evidence and expertise to provide teachers with specific strategies for organizing instruction and students' studying of material to facilitate learning and remembering, and for helping students use what they have learned in new situations. The guide includes a set of concrete actions relating to the use of instructional and study time that are applicable to subjects that demand a great deal of content learning, including social studies, science, and mathematics. Along with seven recommendations for teachers, the panel also indicates the quality of evidence that supports each recommendation.

  • Jamie Rumage Email    (503) 947-6504
    Standards and Instructional Support - Education Program Specialist