Program Goals


1. Scientific Literacy.

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FOSS provides all students with science experiences that:

  • are developmentally-appropriate and
  • serve as a foundation for more advanced ideas that prepare them for college and/or careers

In today's world it is critical for all citizens to be scientifically literate. They should be able to make thoughtful, informed decisions on topics that will affect not only their lives, but the lives of generations to come.


2. Instructional Efficiency

FOSS provides all teachers with a complete, flexible, easy-to-use science program that:

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  • reflects current research on learning, including collaborative learning, student discourse, and embedded assessment, and
  • uses effective instructional methodologies, including hands-on active learning, inquiry, integration of disciplines and content areas, and multisensory methods.

Hands-on science is intrinsically fun and interesting for students. Most teachers can be superb science teachers when they are provided with effective instructional materials. The FOSS program is designed to make hands-on science engaging for teachers as well as students.


3. Systemic Reform

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The FOSS program design makes it appropriate for reform efforts on all scales. It has met with the approval of science and technology companies working in collaboration with school systems, and has demonstrated its effectiveness with diverse student and teacher populations in major urban reform efforts. FOSS continues to respond to the needs of systems moving away from passive exposure to scientific concepts toward real experiences for students that reflect the vision of the Framework for K-12 Science Education.