Learning Standards - Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

Learning Standards

The following IMSA Science Learning Standards describe the understandings that learners develop as students of science at IMSA. These learner expectations are coherent with the Illinois Science Learning Standards and the National Science Education Content Standards (NSES).

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IMSA Science Learning Standards are cross-referenced as follows:

  • Illinois State Learning Standards [IL-II.A]
  • National Science Education Content Standards [NSES-B]

Students studying science at IMSA will: 
A. engage in the process of scientific inquiry.
B. demonstrate understanding of energy and matter.
C. demonstrate understanding of force and motion.
D. demonstrate understanding of cellular structure and function.
E. demonstrate understanding of the explanatory power of evolution and its genetic basis.

A.  Students studying science at IMSA engage in the process of scientific inquiry by:

A.1 applying the skills of observation (describe, compare, and contrast characteristics; identify parameters, precisely observe phenomena) and accurately record findings.  [IL-11.A.5a; IL-11.A.5c][NSES-A]
A.2 designing and planning investigations and constructing questions which further understanding, forge connections, and deepen meaning.  [IL-11.A.5b][NSES-A]
A.3 carrying out investigations that develop skills, concepts, and processes that support and enable complex thought.  [IL-11.A.5c][NSES-A]
A.4 using appropriate technologies to collect, analyze and present information.  [IL-11.A.5c][NSES-A]
A.5 employing scientific reasoning to evaluate the soundness and relevance of information.  [IL-11.A.5e][NSES-A]
A.6 supporting judgments and constructing models based on evidence.  [IL-11.A.5e][NSES-A]
A.7 sharing results by communicating orally, in writing, and through display with power, economy, and elegance.  [IL-11.A.5e][NSES-A]

A.8 examining current issues in science and technology. [IL-][NSES-G]

  B.  Students studying science at IMSA demonstrate understanding of energy and matter by:

B.1 using knowledge of atomic structure to explain periodic trends, ion formation, and chemical bonding.  [IL-12.C.4b][NSES-B]
B.2 using knowledge of molecular geometry and chemical bonding to explain properties of compounds.  [IL-12.C.5b][NSES-B]
B.3 applying the principles of conservation of mass, conservation of charge, and conservation of energy to a variety of problems and situations.  [IL-12.C.3a][NSES-B]

B.4 using their knowledge of equilibrium systems to predict the impact of a disturbance on a system at equilibrium.  [IL-12.C.5a][NSES-B]

B.5 applying the relationships between work, heat and energy to analyze the behavior of systems.  [IL-12.C.4a][NSES-B]

C.  Students studying science at IMSA demonstrate understanding of force and motion by:

C.1 using graphical and mathematical representations to analyze and predict the motion of objects.  [IL-12.D.4a; IL-12.D.5a][NSES-B]
C.2 using Newton's Laws to relate force and motion.  [IL-12.D.4a; IL-12.D.5a][NSES-B]
C.3 applying Newton’s Laws and observations to construct a model of the Earth, Moon and Sun System. [IL-12.D.4a; IL-12.D.5a; IL-12.D.5b][NSES-B]

 D. Students studying science at IMSA demonstrate understanding of cellular structure and function by:

D.1 explaining how organelles perform essential functions in the cell.  [IL-12.A.4a][NSES-C]
D.2 explaining metabolic processes.  [IL-12.A.4b][NSES-C]
D.3 describing cellular reproduction.  [IL-12.A.4a][NSES-C]

 E.  Students studying science at IMSA demonstrate understanding of the explanatory power of evolution and its genetic basis by:

E.1 explaining how organisms evolve as described in the Modern Synthesis.  [IL-12.A.4c; IL-12.B.5b][NSES-C]
E.2 understanding the evidence of evolution.  [IL-12.A.3c; IL-12.A.4c; IL-12.B.5b][NSES-C]

E.3 examining patterns by which traits are passed on through generations.  [IL-12.A.5b][NSES-C]
E.4 exploring the molecular basis of heredity.  [IL-12.A.4a][NSES-C]

 Learning Standards Correlation

The table that follows details the correlation of IMSA Learning Standards to appropriateIllinois Learning Standards and the National Science Education Standards – Science Content Standards.

IMSA Science Learning Standards

Illinois State Learning Standards

NSES Content Standards

A.1

11.A.5a; 11.A.5c

A

A.2

11.A.5b

A

A.3

11.A.5c

A

A.4

11.A.5c

A

A.5

11.A.5e

A

A.6

11.A.5e

A

A.7

11.A.5e

A

A.8

 

G

B.1

12.C.4b

B

B.2

12.C.5b

B

B.3

12.C.3a

B

B.4

12.C.5a

B

B.5

12.C.4a

B

C.1

12.D.4a; 12.D.5a

B

C.2

12.D.4a; 12.D.5a

B

C.3

12.D.4a; 12.D.5a; 12.D.5b

B

D.1

12.A.4a

C

D.2

12.A.4b

C

D.3

12.A.4a

C

E.1

12.A.4c; 12.B.5b

C

E.2

12.A.3c; 12.A.4c; 12.B.5b

C

E.3

12.A.5b

C

E.4

12.A.4a

C

 modified January 2008