The Alvord Unified School District has adopted the California Next Generation Science Standards. The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) are K–12 science content standards. Standards set the expectations for what students should know and be able to do. The NGSS were developed by states to improve science education for all students.
In applying the new NGSS, we are excited to announce that our "Biology" course has transitioned to "Biology of the Living Earth."
"Biology of the Living Earth" is a college preparatory laboratory science class that will prepare students in grades 9-12 to be successful in college level lab science courses. The course integrates earth science into standard biology concepts from a phenomenon-based approach. It is aimed at building a solid foundation in biology, integrating an intensive laboratory component that consists of both classroom labs and practical field studies, and building student competency in science practices and cross cutting concepts. Student-centered laboratory activities will emphasize the process of inquiry and critical thinking. Students will apply their knowledge of Disciplinary Core Ideas to various real-world phenomena. Earth and space science concepts will be incorporated at logical points in the curriculum to enhance student learning. Students will view these phenomena through the lenses of the crosscutting concepts, such as Energy and Matter (ecology, biochemistry) or Structure and Function (cells and mitosis and cancer). Students will demonstrate their knowledge in use through their engagement in the Science and Engineering Practices during hands-on activities and labs.
"Biology of the Living Earth" is a replacement for "Biology" as a college preparatory course. Student schedules and transcripts will read "Living Earth."