Florida has made huge strides in the improvement of science education. This is reflected in the new Next Generation Sunshine State Standards. These Standards provide the focus and foundation for science teaching and learning in Florida. All components of curriculum, instruction, and assessment should be developed from the Standards. The new Science Standards are arranged within eighteen "Big Ideas" to allow for meaningful student learning progressions throughout grades K-12. Curriculum materials from It's About Time focus on those same Big Ideas throughout our curricula.
Science education in Florida is based on a framework of science as the integration of science content and science process skills. This framework goes beyond the distinction between the scientific body of knowledge (facts, theories, and laws) and science process skills (observation, experimental design, data collection and analysis, and drawing conclusions), and focuses on the inextricable link between science knowledge and science skills.
In order for students to really understand science it is critical that they do inquiry science activities that lead them toward a discovery and understanding of content. Merely watching others do science or hearing about others experience with science is not sufficient to develop the rich conceptual understanding that is expected of Florida's students. The Sustained Inquiry instructional process employed by our programs ensures that students are actively involved in science both hands-on and minds-on and learn both content and skills through the practice of science, just like scientists do. Our goal is not to create good science students, but to create outstanding student scientists.