9-12 Science Intended Learning Outcomes

    9-12 Science Intended Learning Outcomes

    9-12 Science ILO Core Alignment Summary Table

    1. Use Science Processes and Thinking Skills

     a) Observe objects, events and patterns and record both qualitative and quantitative information.


    b) Use comparisons to help understand observations and phenomena.  


    c) Evaluate, sort, and sequence data according to given criteria. 


    d) Select and use appropriate technological instruments to collect and analyze data. 


    e) Plan and conduct experiments where the students may perform certain tasks. (Tasks can be found here on page 30.) 


    f) Distinguish between factual statements and inferences. 


    g) Develop and use classification systems. 


    h) Construct models, simulations and metaphors to describe and explain natural phenomena.


    i) Use mathematics as a precise method for showing relationships. 


    j) Form alternative hypotheses to explain a problem. 


    2. Manifest Scientific Attitudes and Interests

     a) Voluntarily read and study book and other materials about science. 


    b) Raise questions about objects, events, and processes that can be answered through scientific investigation.


    c) Maintain an open and questioning mind toward new ideas and alternative points of view. 


    d) Accept responsibility for actively helping to resolve social, ethical and ecological problems related to science and technology.  


    e) Evaluate scientifically related claims against available evidence. 


    f) Reject pseudoscience as a source of scientific knowledge.  


    3. Demonstrate Understanding of Science Concepts, Principles and Systems

     a) Know and explain science information specified for the subject being studied.


    b) No Correlations


    c) Apply principles and concepts of science to explain various phenomena.


    d) Solve problems by applying science principles and procedures.


    4. Communicate Effectively Using Science Language and Reasoning

     a) Provide relevant data to support their inferences and conclusions.  


    b) Use precise scientific language in oral and written communication. 


    c) Use proper English in oral and written reports.


    d) Use reference sources to obtain information and site the sources. 


    e) Use mathematical language and reasoning to communicate information. 


    5. Demonstrate Awareness of Social and Historical Aspects of Science

     a) Cite examples of how science affects human life.


    b) Give instances of how technological advances have influenced the progress of science and how science has influenced advances in technology.


    c) Understand the cumulative nature of scientific knowledge. 


    d) No Correlations


    6. Demonstrate Understanding of the Nature of Science

     a) Science is a way of knowing that is used by many people, not just scientists.


    b) Understand that science investigations use a variety of methods and do not always use the same set of procedures; understand that there is not just one "scientific method". 


    c) Science findings are based upon evidence. 


    d) Understand that science conclusions are tentative and therefore never final. Understandings based upon these conclusions are subject to revision in the light of new evidence.


    e) Understand that scientific conclusions are based on the assumption that natural laws operate today as they did in the past and that they will continue to do so in the future.


    f) No Correlations


    g) Understand that various disciplines of science are interrelated and share common rules of evidence to explain phenomena in the natural world.  


    h) Understand that scientific inquiry is characterized by a common set of values that include logical thinking, precision, open-mindedness, objectivity, skepticism, replicability of results and honest and ethical report of findings. These values function as criteria in distinguishing between science and non-science. 


    i) Understand that science and technology may raise ethical issues for which science, by itself, does not provide solutions.