Science Standards of Learning (SOL) Institutes
- Curriculum Frameworks
- Enhanced Scope & Sequence Guides
- Test Blueprints
- Released Tests
- Practice Items
Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, divisions will implement the 2010 Science Standards of Learning. The revised standards are intended to deepen student understanding of the subject while allowing students to demonstrate critical reasoning skills.
To assist school division curriculum and instructional leaders in implementing the new standards, the VDOE offered institutes in 2010 and 2012.
Summer 2012 Science SOL Institutes
- provide an advanced level of support for school division curriculum and instructional leaders as they begin their first year of implementation of the 2010 Science Standards of Learning;
- deepen participants’ understanding and application of the rigorous practices and critical reasoning skills embedded in each science standard;
- provide participants with examples of how effective science instruction may be enhanced for students in each grade range; and
- provide participants with examples of how teachers can improve student achievement in content areas of greatest challenge.
Summer 2010 Science SOL Institutes
- describe the content standard changes from the 2003 Science SOL to the 2010 Science SOL;
- offer training in the vertical progression of content and pedagogy;
- present instructional guidance in scientific inquiry and the nature of science; and
- provide professional development resources.
|Topic||Professional Development Resources|
|Revised Science SOL: Compare the differences between the 2003 and 2010 Science SOL||
|Scientific Inquiry: Presentation and notes from session focusing on inquiry-based instruction and ways to examine lessons to determine their level of inquiry.|
|Nature of Science (NOS): Interactive presentation provides information and examples to build understanding of the seven main NOS components. Includes materials for independent or group work using a graphic organizer to demonstrate understanding of each NOS component; analysis of science-related scenarios; and ways to use graphic and discussion questions in planning hands-on classroom investigations to help students understand NOS.|