ERIC Number: ED493034
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Grade Expectations for Vermont's Framework of Standards and Learning Opportunities, (Summer 2004) Science
Vermont Department of Education
Educators from around the state, with the help of The Vermont Institutes, developed Science Grade Expectations as a means to identify the content knowledge and skills expected of all students for local assessment required under Act 68. This work was accomplished using the "Vermont's Framework of Standards and Learning Opportunities," Vermont curricula, national standard documents, state standard documents, and current research as resources. The Grade Expectations (GEs) were reviewed by science educators from around the state. The data from field review was collected, reviewed, and used to revise the GEs. They were then sent out for Expert Review and revised one final time. GEs are meant to capture the essential learning elements that can be assessed locally. The "Grade Cluster Expectations" were developed from National Science Resources to help teachers and schools identify "core" learning goals (scientific concept benchmarks) and performance goals (evidence of achievement), as students progress through a continuum of scientific learning from grades Pre-K to Twelve. These Expectations can be used to guide both assessment and instruction. The GEs describe the specific developmental level of a learning goal within a two year grade span. At any one cluster, students would be expected to know or be able to do everything that came before as well as the new skills or concepts in the targeted cluster. The Science GEs align with Vermont Framework Standards: 7.1 Scientific Method, and 7.2 Investigation (Inquiry); 7.12 Space, Time, and Matter; 7.13 The Living World; 7.14 The Human Body; and 7.15, The Universe, Earth and Environment.
Descriptors: National Standards, State Standards, Science Education, Knowledge Level, Scientific Concepts, Benchmarking, Educational Objectives, Space Sciences, Human Body, Instructional Program Divisions, Earth Science, Environment
Vermont Department of Education. 120 State Street, Montpelier, VT 05620-2501. Web site: http://www.state.vt.us/educ/new/html/mainpubs.html.
Publication Type: Guides - General; Reference Materials - General
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: Vermont State Dept. of Education, Montpelier.
Identifiers - Location: Vermont