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Integrated Science Instructional Sequences

In October, 2003, the California State Board of Education established sets of standards for each of four levels of high school integrated science. These standards are identical to the Grade 9-12 content standards in biology, chemistry, earth science, physics, and investigation and experimentation.

CSTA, in collaboration with the California Department of Education, has developed sets of instructional sequences for each of the four levels of integrated science which provide examples how high school instruction in integrated science might be organized. There are clearly alternative ways in which an integrated science curriculum might be organized and, therefore, this document does not represent a mandate for instruction but is meant as an assist to teachers and districts in organizing an integrated science curriculum aligned to the state-approved blueprints for integrated science.

Additionally, in January, 2004, the State Board of Education approved a set of blueprints that will be used to design a high school assessment mandated by the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) act. This exam will be administered in 10th grade and will assess the high school biology and middle school life science standards. Schools/districts that are implementing integrated science in both 9th and 10th grade should recognize that 57 percent of the standards defined on the blueprint are covered in years one and two of the integrated science blueprints. Districts are encouraged to offer a comprehensive 7th grade standards-based science course so that students entering high school will have mastery of the life science standards which form the foundation for the high school biology standards. NCLB comparison charts are also included at the link below.