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  • to relate science to technology, society, and the environment
  • to develop the skills, strategies, and habits of mind required for scientific inquiry
  • to understand the basic concepts of science

Every course in the secondary science program focuses on these three goals. The goals are reflected within each strand of every course in the three overall expectations, which in turn are developed in corresponding sets of related specific expectations. The same three goals also underlie assessment of student achievement in science.


Science is a way of knowing that seeks to describe and explain the natural and physical world. An important part of scientific literacy is an understanding of the nature of science, which includes an understanding of the following: 

  • what scientists, engineers, and technologists do as individuals and as a community
  • how scientific knowledge is generated and validated, and what benefits, costs, and risks are involved in using this knowledge
  • how science interacts with technology, society, and the environment




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