High School Biology

Questions or Comments?

Contact Lena Jones
Secondary Science Specialist

What materials we use now

  • Nowicki, Stephen. McDougal Littell Biology. Evanston, IL: McDougal Littell, 2008. Print.

Adoption process and timeline

  • High School Biology curriculum parent input survey responses. Fall 2016.
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  • Teacher adoption committee: Formed October 2016
  • Teacher adoption committee meeting dates
    Each meeting date includes its planned main agenda item(s), then links to the specific meeting summary when available
    • October 6, 2016: Charter, norms, review of standards and best practices (aligned with NGSS), begin using the rubric for materials
    • November 8, 2016: Team members summarized the parent survey results. The team also discussed the vision of 3D learning. Team members gained familiarity with the EQuIP Rubric and used it to review two different lessons.
    • December 7, 2016: Team members focuses standards work on the Science and Engineering Practices (SEPs) and Cross Cutting Concepts (CCCs). They also began reviewing materials using the EQuIP Rubric.
    • February 27, 2017: Selection of materials to field test, common assessment work
    • March 7, 2017: Plan field testing
    • October 2017: Field testing teams met and completed rubrics and lessons learned from the first round of field testing.
  • IMC review and decision: January 2018
  • IMC meeting dates: Meeting dates are reflected in the Upcoming Events section of the District website home page
  • TBD (contingent on IMC recommendation)— For two weeks in March (dates to be determined) parents and community members can review and provide written input on the recommended materials during normal business hours at the Administration Building.
  • Board review: TBD


October 30, 2017
Team members evaluated the first of three curriculums currently being field tested: SEPUP SGI Biology, HMH Dimensions Biology, and Miller Levine Biology (parrot).

March 7, 2017
Team members selected three curriculums to field test: SEPUP SGI Biology, HMH Dimensions Biology, and Miller Levine Biology (parrot). They built calendars to field test each ecology curriculum in the fall.

February 27, 2017
Team members continued reviewing new materials, attended a webinar about case studies, and worked on district common assessments.

December 7, 2016
Team members worked on Science and Engineering Practices, Cross-Cutting Concepts, and began reviewing materials.

Team members summarized the community survey results.  They then continued training on the EQuIP rubric focusing on phenomena and 3D learning.

Team members determined norms and the consensus model.  The team worked with the NGSS HS standards and began learning how to utilize the EQuIP Rubric for lessons and units to assess standards alignment.