Science

    As described in Raising the Bar, the New York City Department of Education is dedicated to making all students college- and career-ready. The science classroom in New York City schools, under statewide educational standards, ensures that students use problem-solving skills, learn new science content, and read informational texts. The Common Core Library and EngageNY provide information on New York’s shift to the Common Core Learning Standards, in which teachers incorporate literacy in science practices to help students ground reading, writing, and discussion in evidence from text as part of learning science that includes applying thinking skills to address real life problems and making informed decisions. The Library holds guides, examples, and videos that show how science and literacy are taught in New York City schools, as well as resources for families. Students meet high school graduation requirements by earning at least 6 science credits (2 credits in life science, 2 credits in physical science and 2 credits in either/or life science or physical science). Two of the credits must be earned in the New York State Education Department’s Core Curriculum that culminates with a Regents exam.  Accelerated 8th grade and high school students who complete the course laboratory component and score at least 65 on the science Regents exam fulfill the science requirement toward the Regents diploma.