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Science Content Standards Review - 2009 Adoption

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The Oregon Department of Education has completed a review and revision of the science standards. At their February 20, 2009 meeting, the Oregon State Board of Education adopted the 2009 science academic content standards. PDF Please visit the Science Content Standards Adoption web page for more information.

Meeting Resources - Related agendas, materials, and handouts

Review Timeline

  • August 7-8, 2007
    Science Content Panel work sessions with national and international experts Dr. Rodger Bybee and Dr. William Schmidt.
  • November 1-2, 2007
    Science Content Panel determines science academic content standards guiding principles and format and begins work on development of core standards.
  • December 12-14, 2007
    Oregon Teacher Scholars Focus Group work session to begin initial draft of core and content science standards.
  • April 17-18, 2008
    Science Content Panel produces initial draft.
  • May 20-21, 2008
    Oregon Teacher Scholars Focus Group work session on vertical articulation of initial draft.
  • June 2008
    External review of initial draft by Dr. Rodger Bybee.
  • July 2008
    Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory (NWREL) begins work on alignment of initial draft revised science standards to National Assessment of Educational Progress 2009 Framework.
  • August 2008
    ODE incorporates recommendations from Dr. Bybee and NWREL NAEP alignment study on initial draft and produces Draft 1. On August 18 ODE posted Draft 1 PDF for public comment.
  • September-October 2008
    Regional meetings held at Education Service Districts and School Districts to gather input from science teachers.
  • October 3, 2008
    Instructional Material Science Criteria meeting.
  • October 16-17, 2008
    Science Content Panel meeting to review all public input and revise Draft 1.
  • November 3-4, 2008
    Science Content Panel meeting to complete review of all public input and complete the revision of Draft 1 to produce Draft 2. Panel also will begin to prepare supporting materials for the science content standards.
  • Mid-November 2008
    ODE posts Draft 2 PDF for public comment.
  • December 11-12, 2008
    Science Content Panel meeting to review all public input and revise Draft 2 to produce the final draft of the revised science content standards. Panel also will complete supporting materials for the first reading of the science content standards by the State Board of Education.
  • April 3, 2009
    Science Content Panel meeting to complete the science content standards specification document and other guidance documents to provide support for the 2009 adopted science content standards. PDF
  • 2009-2010
    The Oregon Department of Education is working with Education Northwest and focus groups of Oregon science educators to develop a number of support documents. We anticipate these being available in winter and spring 2009-2010.

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