FOSS Correlation to the
National Science Education Standards
The introduction to the NSES begins, "The National Science
Education Standards are designed to guide our nation toward a scientifically
literate society. Founded in exemplary practice and research, the
Standards describe a vision of the scientifically literate person
and present criteria for science education that will allow that
vision to become a reality" (page 11).
"The Standards reflect the principles that learning science
is an inquiry-based process, that it should reflect the intellectual
traditions of contemporary science, and that all Americans have
a role in improving science education" (back cover).
The content standards for elementary grades K4 and middle
school grades 58 are organized in seven major categories.
The NSES content standards "outline what students should know,
understand, and be able to do in natural science" through their
K-12 academic career. "The content standards are a complete set
of outcomes for students; they do not prescribe a curriculum"
- Science as inquiry
- Physical science
- Life science
- Earth and space science
- Science and technology
- Science in personal and social perspectives
- History and nature of science
The challenge of providing a rich curriculum that will allow students
to achieve the standards is the responsibility of local educators.
The FOSS curriculum is a resource for elementary and middle school
teachers to use to achieve these standards.
IMPORTANT NOTES: To use the correlation documents more
effectively, we suggest that you download them as source files
to your own computer. You will need Acrobat Reader to download
and read these pdf files. Acrobat Reader is available as a free
download from http://www.adobe.com.
You can link to module and course overviews by clicking on the
module or course of interest at the top of each page.