From the Connecticut State Department of Education

Students in a lab
A foundation in scientific literacy prepares students to be confident and capable lifelong learners who are equipped with the skills needed to access, understand, evaluate and apply information in various contexts. Regardless of their academic standing, all students should have access to a rich and challenging science curriculum that will promote scientific literacy, while inspiring and supporting advanced study and science-related careers.


  • Position Statement on Science Education-PDF- Adopted by the State Board of Education on September 3, 2008, this document expresses the Board's views on the importance of science education and provides guidelines for policymakers.

  • 2004 Science Framework-DOC Science curriculum standards and state assessment expectations for each grade, PK-10, and for advanced courses in Grades 11 and 12.

  • 2004 Science Framework Introduction Presentation-PPT- PowerPoint introduction to the organization and use of the Science Framework.

  • 2004 Science Matrix-DOC- Traces the 11 conceptual themes in the Science Framework as they develop across elementary, middle and high school grades.

  • NEW PK-8 Science Curriculum Standards and Assessment Expectations (2010 edition) [PDF][DOC] Adds specificity to content standards in the 2004 Core Science Curriculum Framework. Includes Grade-Level Concepts (GLCs) that describe what students should know about the main idea in each content standard; Grade-Level Expectations (GLEs) that describe measurable student performances which provide evidence of understanding; and Assessment Expectations that indicate the content and skills selected for summative assessment on Connecticut Mastery Tests or other local assessments.

  • New!Next Generation National Science Education Standards
    The National Academies of Science is developing a concept paper that will guide the development of new national science education standards. The purpose of the Conceptual Framework is to spell out the underlying principles and research (as well as the core science ideas and practices) that will form the basis for writing more specific learning standards during the next phase of the project. A draft of the Conceptual Framework was released for public comment in August 2010; it is slated for revision and completion in early 2011. At that time, Achieve will lead the next phase of the project, the development of more explicit science learning and performance standards. Standards development is scheduled to begin in early 2011 and is projected to be completed by early 2012.


Science Safety

  • Connecticut High School Science Safety, Prudent Practices and Regulations [PDF]

  • Connecticut Middle School Safety, Prudent Practices and Regulations[PDF]

  • Elementary Science Safety-PDF

New for 2011! Scientific Inquiry Formative Feedback Rubrics a resource for assessing student performances in scientific inquiry and providing meaningful feedback to students to promote learning. Elementary and Middle Grades rubrics can be used to assess student work on Connecticut's Curriculum-Embedded Performance Tasks for Grades 3 to 8, or for any performance task that features the essential components of scientific inquiry.

  • Introductionto Scientific Inquiry Formative Feedback Rubrics
  • Scientific Inquiry Formative Feedback Rubric: Grades 3-5[DOC] [PDF]
  • Scientific Inquiry Formative Feedback Rubric: Grades 6-8[DOC][PDF]

2011 Updates! Curriculum-Embedded Performance Tasks - interdisciplinary, open-ended investigations that promote the development of inquiry processes described in the 2004 Core Science Curriculum Framework. Some questions on the state science assessments (CMT and CAPT) will refer to the contexts of the embedded tasks to assess students' abilities to use inquiry processes.

Elementary Grades
Grade 3 Embedded Task:
Grade 4 Embedded Task:

Grade 5 Embedded Task:

Middle Grades

Grade 6 Embedded Task:

Grade 7 Embedded Task:

Grade 8 Embedded Task:


Professional Development and Recognition

  • Mathematics and Science Partnership Project (MSP) - MSP Information

  • Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) are the Nation's highest honor for K-12 teachers of mathematics and science. The Awards recognize outstanding teachers for their contributions in the classroom and to their profession and are conferred by the President of the United States of America. The 2011 Awards will honor Math and Science teachers working in Grades 7-12. The 2011 Nominations Period is now CLOSED. Applications are due on May 2, 2011 and are uploaded at|45423|. The 2012 PAEMST awards will recognize teachers working in Grades K-6. The Nomination Period will open in the Fall of 2012.
  • NSTA Learning Center
  • Online Science PD
Links to Certification and Accreditation Information