The Bellevue School District is in the process of adopting new curriculum for elementary science. The adoption committee will consider feedback from the community, students and teachers to make a decision about the instructional materials by April 2017. The process will culminate in the recommendation of science instructional materials that will be implemented beginning in the fall of 2017.

Why are we adopting new curriculum?

The Bellevue School District is aligning our curriculum to the science standards adopted by the state of Washington in October 2013. The new standards are called the Washington State 2013 K-12 Science Learning Standards (www.k12.wa.us/science/NGSS.aspx) or Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The standards represent a combination of science core ideas, science and engineering practices and cross cutting concepts.

The combination of these three dimensions is often described as “three-dimensional learning.” This means that students engage in the practices scientists and engineers do in order to learn the science core ideas while attending to the crosscutting concepts true for multiple science disciplines. For more information about NGSS, please navigate to www.nextgenscience.org.

How Can I See the Materials?

Students across the district have been piloting science materials in their classrooms this fall and winter. The two materials we are piloting are Full Option Science System (FOSS) and Amplify Science (K-5).

You may view a representative unit at the following four libraries:

  • Bellevue Central Library – 1111 110th Ave NE, Bellevue, WA 98004
  • Crossroads Library – 15600 NE 8th Street, Bellevue, WA 98008
  • Lake Hills Library – 15590 Lake Hills Boulevard, Bellevue, WA 98007
  • Newport Way Library – 14250 SE Newport Way, Bellevue, WA 98006

To learn more about each of the curricula, find information on the following websites:

How can I give feedback?

Please give feedback on the experiences of your students on the parent/guardian survey. If you have explored the materials yourself, please provide feedback on the materials in the survey.

If you have any questions regarding the process, please feel free to contact bianchig@bsd405.org