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Department Chair Information:

Cedar Ridge: Andrea Gabler

McNeil: Kari Teague

Round Rock: Leslie Lopez

Stony Point: Michele Cooley (Life Sciences) Todd Head (Physical Sciences) 

Westwood: Natalie Wieland

Success: Eric Flanders

Early College: Dana Brady, Adrian Barrera 

RROC: Ken Carson (MS), Brian Lebansky (HS) 

Goals: Jason Cassady

CD Fulkes: Sarah Jacques-Pineda

Canyon Vista: Stephanie Taylor

Cedar Valley: Jill Gregory

Chisholm Trail: Rebecca Crossley

Deerpark: Stephanie Merryman

Grisham: Marilyn Petkovsek

Hernandez: Jean Sarre

Hopewell: Pat Reese

Pearson: Anna Lavender

Ridgeview: Vanessa Walline

Walsh: Melissa Slayton

 

Subject 

Publisher

Title

Resources

Science, Grades 6-8

McGraw-Hill School Education

iScience, Texas Glencoe

8 year Online and print

Anatomy and Physiology

Pearson Education

Essentials of Human Anatomy and Physiology

Textbook per student

Astronomy

Pearson Education

Astronomy Today

Textbook per student

Biology

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing

Texas Biology

Class set with Online for each student

Chemistry

McGraw-Hill School Education

Texas Chemistry:  Matter and Change

Class set with Online for each student

Earth & Space Science

Discovery Education, Inc.

Discovery Education Science Techbook – Earth & Space Science

Online

Environmental Science

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing

Environmental Science

Class set with Online for each student

Forensic Science

Cengage Learning

Forensic Science:  Fundamentals & Investigations

Textbook per student

Integrated Physics and Chemistry (IPC)

McGraw-Hill School Education

Texas Integrated Physics and Chemistry

Class set with Online for each student

Medical Microbiology

McGraw-Hill School Education

Microbiology: A System Approach

Textbook per student

Physics

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing

Texas Physics

Class set with Online for each student


RRISD values doing its part to provide equitable opportunities for all students to develop literacy in science. Science assessments are tools for managing and evaluating these efforts to ensure all students are creating meaning from their science learning experiences. Quality science assessments should provide opportunities for students to demonstrate their:

  • understandings of science content as well as process knowledge and skills
  • skills using mathematics as a tool for science learning
  • abilities to think critically and solve simple to complex problems
  • capabilities of designing scientific experiments, analyzing data, predicting outcomes, and drawing conclusions
  • capacities to see and articulate relationships between science topics and real-world phenomena and issues

RRISD advocates utilizing multiple forms of appropriately rigorous, standards-aligned assessments such as:

  • student-directed experimental designs 
  • authentic performance assessments 
  • laboratory practicals
  • research/multimodal presentations
  • portfolio construction
  • real world problem-based learning scenarios 
  • authentic expository writing
  • scientific argumentation in focus group as well as in individual student interviews 

Such assessments should be used in addition to, or as a component of any multiple-choice assessment in order to provide each student with the opportunity to demonstrate their own learning. Ideally, multiple choice assessments would not count as the majority of any student’s grade. RRISD believes that assessment provides feedback about the learning environment and should be reflected upon to adjust instructional techniques and learning experiences to improve learning outcomes for all students. 

For questions related to this position statement, please contact: