The purposes of scientific investigation and discovery are to satisfy humankind’s quest for knowledge and understanding and to preserve and enhance the quality of the human experience. Therefore, the goals of science instruction in Virginia is that students will be able to achieve the following objectives:
  • Develop and use an experimental design in scientific inquiry.
  • Use the language of science to communicate understanding.
  • Investigate phenomena using technology.
  • Apply scientific concepts, skills, and processes to everyday experiences.
  • Experience the richness and excitement of scientific discovery of the natural world through the collaborative quest for knowledge and understanding.
  • Make informed decisions regarding contemporary issues.
  • Develop scientific dispositions and habits of mind.
  • Develop an understanding of the interrelationship of science with technology, engineering, and mathematics.
  • Explore science-related careers and interests.

To meet these goals, FCPS adheres to an integrated curriculum, which provides opportunities for students to investigate and experience phenomena as it applies to science.  This cultivates scientific literacy while strengthening overall critical thinking, problem solving, and communication skills by exercising the NGSS Eight Science and Engineering Practices. 

The curriculum includes a progression of Science Investigation across grades K-12 at which specific science skills/practices are formally introduced and how they progress throughout the Science Standards of Learning.

If we commit to equitable time in engaging science instruction, resource allocation for science instruction, and build the capacity of educators to provide investigative opportunities for students to engage in science and engineering practices, then we will develop students who are scientifically literate, critical thinkers and problem solvers.

VDOE Science Links:

Virginia Department of Education – Resources for Instruction and Assessment