The Cecil County Board of Education recently heard a report on the Maryland Integrated Science Assessment (MISA).
The Maryland Board of Education adopted the Next Generation Science Standards in 2013. MISA will evaluate student command of the science program in grades 5, 8 and 10. The MISA is based on the new science standards and the 3-Dimensional Instructional Model which is science and engineering practices, disciplinary core ideas and crosscutting concepts.
To explain the 3-Dimensional instruction, a study of energy was explained. Science and engineering practices would plan and conduct investigations to answer questions about energy. The disciplinary core ideas would define energy and energy transfer. A crosscutting concept would show how energy can be transferred in various ways and between objects. An illustration in the report given to the Board of Education shows the 3-Dimensional approach as three separate strands that are wrapped together to form a strong rope.
The MISA tests will be gradually introduced into the school system. This year was the field test year and will not be used to formally evaluate student results. Next year, the test will establish baseline date in the system and the data will be reported. Full implementation of the MISA will occur during the 2018-2019 school year. The MISA will become a graduation requirement in the 2020-3032 school year.
The high school MISA has performance expectations in many scientific topics:
Big Bang Theory
Earth’s Feedback Systems
Rates of Reactions
Newton’s 2nd Law
Conservation of Energy
PE and KE Energy
As for course sequences, the school system is offering two.
Course Sequence One has earth/environmental systems, biology, MISA at the end of grade 10 and physical science/chemistry/physics. Course Sequence Two has honors biology, honors chemistry, MISA at the end of 10th grade and then honors physics.