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Science – AP Biology

General Elementary Middle High

AP Biology coverTextbook: Starr and Taggart, Biology: The Unity and Diversity of Life, 12th edition, © 2009 (Holt McDougal)

Square red iconNEW — NGSSS for Science – Updates/clarifications 9/21/12 (download here)

  • The update impacts ALL science content areas in 9-12 since it includes clarifications (remarks/examples) for many of the “vague” benchmarks within each Body of Knowledge (Nature of Science, Physical Science, Earth Science, and Life Science). For a few benchmarks, FLDOE included the Common Core Connection for both Literacy and Math.
  • For example: SC.912.N.1.1 has extensive examples/remarks (never before given) and the CCSS connection at the end (p.2).
  • Where Biology is concerned: the updates/clarification:
    • Identified the Annually Assessed benchmarks on the EOC (nothing new here, all in the test item specs.)
    • Provided examples/remarks on all of the Nature of Science BOK – “N” benchmarks including recently changed SC.912.N.2.1 regarding science, non-science and pseudoscience. (good to know)
    CCSS connections in Literacy and Math for a few benchmarks – download here
  • PARCC assessments will be here in 2014-2015 for Math and English Language Arts. There is no common core assessment for science (yet) unless the EOC is “grandfathered” in with major changes.

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Video series that supports the AP Bio curriculum from Bozeman Science on YouTube – but as you know the District has to block that site for reasons of CIPA compliance. Thanks to Doug Pearce, they’ve been re-posted on the Broward School’s web server at the following URL: http://www.broward.k12.fl.us/apbiovideos/

Square red iconTraining Videos – This site will allow you to click on training videos for each AP title plus it walks you through the online registration process.  http://events.hmhschool.com/content/APScienceTraining2011

Square red icon Online textbook for students can be accessed via BEEP.

Textbook Sales Representative:
Michael Galfond | Holt McDougal
Phone: 954.525.5209 | Email: Michael.Galfond@hmhpub.com
Website: http://www.HoltMcDougal.com


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