Alabama - Content Standards: Science

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Alabama's new science standards have been recently adopted in the fall of 2015, for implementation in the 2016-2017 school year.


The 2015 Alabama Course of Study: Science provides the framework for the K-12 science education program in Alabama’s public schools. Content standards in this document are minimum and required (Code of Alabama, 1975, §16-35-4). They are fundamental and specific, but not exhaustive. When developing a local curriculum, each school system may include additional content standards that focus on local resources and needs. Implementation strategies and external resources may also be added to enhance student learning of science in Alabama schools.

The 2012-2015 Alabama State Science Course of Study Committee and Task Force reviewed the Alabama Course of Study: Science (Bulletin 2005, No. 20) and the 2012 National Research Council (NRC) publication, A Framework for K-12 Science Education: Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Core Ideas, in developing the minimum required content that integrates scientific concepts and scientific and engineering practices. 

Adopting Authority: 
State Board of Education
Implementing Authority: 
State Department of Education
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