Published: 11/24/2014 2:09 PM
Information about science teaching and learning for all grade levels can be accessed from here.

A listserv designed to facilitate the sharing of timely information related to science teaching and learning.  (KYK12SCI)
School Laboratory Management and Chemical Cleanout Manual 
The Kentucky Department of Environmental Protection, Division of Compliance Assistance has just released the School Laboratory Management and Chemical Cleanout Manual. This manual will provide information to help schools establish and maintain Best Management Practices for the selection, purchasing, storage, safe handling and proper disposal of chemicals used in schools. This will provide a safe environment for students, teachers, and staff , while simultaneously ensuring compliance with applicable regulations.

Science Facility Design
This document contains research-based information and suggestions for planning and designing science facilities. Download
  • Curriculum Documents for Science

    Curriculum Documents for Science


  • Inquiry

    ​Inquiry is the process scientists use to build an understanding of the natural world based on evidence. Students can learn about the world using inquiry. Although learners rarely discover knowledge that is new to humankind, current research indicates that when engaged in inquiry learners build knowledge new to themselves.


  • Kentucky Environmental Literacy Plan

    The Kentucky Environmental Literacy Plan (KELP) describes Kentucky's planned aproach to improving the environmental literacy of all students. Information regarding the timeline and goals for implementation of the KELP are contained in the KELP Implementation Plan which is also available for download  below.

  • Kentucky Science and Engineering Fair (KY-SEF)

    Middle and High School Teachers please encourage and promote your students in conducting authentic research and projects for the Kentucky Science and Engineering Fair.
  • Kentucky Science Support Network

    The Kentucky Science Support Network (KSSN) is designed to provide classroom teachers in Kentucky a direct link to "experts" across the Commonwealth.


  • Literacy and Science

    With the No Child Left Behind Act of 2002, each of us feels a sense of urgency to dig deep into our instructional practices repertoire and pull out that overlooked strategy that will work for all our students and propel them into academic success.


  • Mathematics and Science Partnership Program (MSP)

    ​The Mathematics and Science Partnership (MSP) program is intended to increase the academic achievement of students in mathematics and science by enhancing the content knowledge and teaching skills of classroom teachers.


  • Middle School Science Standards-Based Units of Study

    ​Middle School Science Standards-Based Units of Study


  • Next Generation Science Standards

    On September 20, 2011 Kentucky was announced as a Lead State Partner in the development of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) with Achieve, Inc. As a Lead State Partner, Kentucky educators will have a great degree of input on shaping the standards along with 25 other lead states. On this page you will find information regarding Kentucky's work with the NGSS and updates on the progress of Kentucky's science standards.

    The NGSS were approved to be Kentucky Core Academic Standards for Science (Science KCAS) by the Kentucky Board of Education at their June 5, 2013 meeting. The science standards have completed the legislative review process and are now incorporated into the Kentucky Core Academic Standards for implementation in the classroom.


    The version of the NGSS approved by the Board on June 5 assigns the middle school performance expectations to individual grades using Achieve's revised conceptual progressions model for middle school. Download the Science KCAS that includes middle grade designations.


  • Professional Organizations and Kentucky Resources

    Professional Organizations and Kentucky Resources for science.


  • Science Assessment

    This page provides links to science assessment standards and other information related to Kentucky's science assessment program.


  • Science Leadership Networks

    This page houses resources created or shared with the participants in Kentucky's regional science content leadership networks.​​

  • Science Newletter

    The science consultants at the Kentucky Department of Education periodically publish newsletters for science teachers. These newsletters are intended to serve a variety of purposes such as clarifying standards, communicating new research, highlighting quality instructional resources and sharing innovative teaching ideas. Some issues are customized for each specific grade level but many issues are intended for a K-12 audience. Both current and previous issues of the science newsletters are archived on this page.
  • Science Newsletter Activities

  • Science Program Effectiveness Review

    The Science Program Effectiveness Review for Kentucky Schools (PERKS) is designed to help guide schools in developing effective science programs. Schools and districts can use these documents to identify both strengths and areas for improvement in their science programs.
  • Science Web Links

    Links of interests for Science teachers and students.
  • Teaching for Meaning

    The National Research Council recently published How Students Learn Science in the Classroom, (2005). The book focuses on three principles of learning that all teachers of science should understand and be able to implement in their classrooms in order to promote meaning-making or understanding:


Rae McEntyre
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