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Science Instruction in Douglas County Schools
Lead School Improvement Specialist
Lead School Improvement Specialist

Pam Walker, Lead School Improvement Specialist: K-12 Science Specialist

 770-651-2161      Email Ms. Walker



On June 9, 2016, the State Board of Education approved the K-12 Georgia Standards of Excellence (GSE) for Science.  School year 2016-17 was used to provide professional development for science teachers in Georgia with full implementation in 2017-18. The Science GSE are designed to provide foundational knowledge and skills for all students to develop proficiency in science. The Project 2061’s Benchmarks for Science Literacy and the follow up work, A Framework for K-12 Science Education, were used as the core of the standards to determine appropriate content and process skills for students.

The science GSE is built on a 3-Dimensional approach where students are expected to actively engage in the scientific and engineering practices in order to deepen their understanding of crosscutting concepts and disciplinary core ideas. Students' experiences over multiple years lead to progressively deeper understanding of science.

The Science Georgia Standards of Excellence drive instruction. Hands-on, student-centered, and inquiry-based approaches should be the emphasis of instruction. The standards are a required minimum set of expectations that show proficiency in science. 


In elementary and middle school, only 5th grade science and 8th grade science have state-mandated end of grade (EOG) assessments.

In high school, only Biology and Physical Science have state-mandated end of course (EOC) assessments.


The new standards for Elementary, Middle and High School science are found at the link below:

High school students are required by the state to take four credit units in science that must include one unit of biology, one unit of physical science or physics, one unit of either chemistry, earth science, environmental science, or an AP/IB course, and one additional science elective.



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