03-22-2011 Special School Board Meeting
Agenda Item #28

Elementary Science Instructional Materials Adoption


The Next Generation Sunshine State Standards (NGSSS) for kindergarten through sixth grade science outline new expectations for the content students are expected to learn in science.  These expectations will be reflected with changes in the science state assessment as of the 2011-2012 school year.  At the current time, there is a major disconnect between the instructional materials adopted in 2006 and the NGSSS that are being taught and will be assessed.  The recommended instructional materials address the NGSSS and are aligned to Florida's FCAT assessment program.  Teacher training in the use of new core instructional materials and the ancillary materials will be provided during the spring, summer, pre-planning and on district inservice days.

Display of Adoption Materials:  On March 22, 2011 from 4:30-7:15 p.m.,  the representatives from Discovery Education and National Geographic will display materials in Training Rooms 3 and 4 for School Board and public viewing and discussion. District and publisher representatives will be on hand to answer questions about these programs.

Cost Information:

  • $2,644,871 for National Geographic Science K-5 includes:
    • Core program
    • Free with Order ancillary materials total value:  $4,025,683.28
    • Free with Order professional development
    • Also includes:  Inquiry kits for each grade 3-5 teacher
  • $253,714 for Discovery Education Science Techbook for Grade 6 includes:
    • Core online program
    • Free with Order ancillary materials
    • Free with Order professional development
    • Also includes:  Student Resource Books for each grade 6 student for 2 years
  • $78,318 for shipping and handling-National Geographic Science K-5
  • $ 8,000 for shipping and handling-Discovery Education Science Techbook for Grade 6 






Approve the adoption of National Geographic School Publishing/Hampton-Brown, National Geographic Science, Florida Edition, 2011 as the district unified Elementary Science Program for all K-5 students.

Approve the adoption of Discovery Education, Discovery Education Science Techbook, 2010 as the district unified Elementary Science Program for grade 6 students.

Schools will be provided implementation components for each teacher of grades K-6, including ESE teachers.  Professional development on the use of these materials will also be provided.



Meeting Date(s)
Information - 3/8/2011
Consent after Information3/22/2011

Authority for Action
FS 1006.37

Involves Expenditure of Funds Directly in the Classroom

Source of Funding
Operating - Categorical

Cost Center


Cyndi Van Meter, Associate Superintendent (x300)

Lynn Spadaccini, Director of Elementary Programs (x330)

Ed Short, K-6 Science Resource Teacher (x329)