Arizona Science Standard
Students are naturally curious about the world and their place in it. Sustaining this curiosity and giving it a scientific foundation must be a high priority in Arizona schools. Scientific thinking enables Arizona students to strengthen skills that people use every day: solving problems creatively, thinking critically, working cooperatively in teams, using technology effectively, and valuing lifelong learning. A fundamental goal of science education is to help students determine how the world works and make sense of phenomena in the natural world. Phenomena are events or situations that are observed to exist or happen, especially phenomena whose causes or explanations are in question. Science sense-making is a conceptual process in which a learner actively engages with phenomena in the natural world to construct logical and coherent explanations that incorporate their current understanding of science or a model that represents it, and are consistent with the available evidence. To develop a scientific understanding of the natural world, students must be able to ask questions, gather information, reason about that information and connect it to scientific principles, theories, or models, and then effectively communicate their understanding and reasoning.
Purpose of the Arizona Science Standards
The Arizona Science Standards present a vision of what it means to be scientifically literate, and college and career ready. These standards outline what all students need to know, understand, and be able to do by the end of high school.