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02-12-2008 Regular School Board Meeting
Agenda Item #20


Title
F-9. Request for New Courses: Experimental Design

Discussion
In conjunction with Brevard's SSNP initiative, the Office of Secondary Programs is proposing four new science courses titled Experimental Design I, II, III, and IV. These courses will provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to design and implement authentic, original scientific investigations. They will be rigorous courses, and will award honors science credit. The course numbers that Brevard's Science Research students currently use (Research) earn neither honors weighting nor science credits per the Florida State Course Code Directory. Still, hundreds of Brevard high school science research students enroll in these courses each year because they have been the most suitable course numbers available. (The state course description for the Reseach course is less specific and less rigorous than its typical Brevard offering.) Scientific thinking and experimental design are essential aspects of scientific literacy. Although all science courses address scientific processes, there are currently no existing science courses that specifically address the knowledge and skills required for experimental design to the depth and advanced level provided in the proposed courses. This course is aligned with the goals of Florida Statute 1003.413(s)(a-j) regarding the need for rigorous, relevant secondary school courses to assure student success in the workplace and postsecondary education upon graduation.

Recommendation
Approve submission of the proposed course descriptions to the Florida Department of Education for inclusion in the State Course Code Directy.

Meeting Date(s)
Information - 1/22/2008
Consent after Information2/12/2008

Authority for Action
FL s.1001.41,F.S,-General Powers of the Board

Involves Expenditure of Funds Directly in the Classroom
No

Source of Funding
Agenda Item will not Require the Expenditure of Funds

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Contact
Brenda B. Blackburn Walter L. Christy Ginger P. Davis


Attachment:  Experimental Science 2.pdf
Attachment:  Experimental Science 3.pdf
Attachment:  exp sci I course form.pdf
Attachment:  Experimental Science 4.pdf
Attachment:  Experimental Science I.pdf
Attachment:  exp sci 2 course form.pdf
Attachment:  exp sci 3 course form.pdf
Attachment:  exp sci 4 course form.pdf