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The Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education has adopted revised science standards. They are based on the Next Generation Science Standards, which is based on A Framework for K-12 Science Education: Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Core Ideas (2012), from the National Research Council of the National Academies.

Easy labs and manipulatives

MCAS sample problems

MCAS Science and Technology: Exiting middle school, entering high school

MCAS Anatomy and physiology

MCAS Bacteria Viruses and Fungi

MCAS Biochemistry

MCAS Cell biology, mitosis, meiosis, fertilization

MCAS Ecology

MCAS Evolution

MCAS Genetics and DNA

MCAS Plants and algae

MCAS Classification

MCAS open response questions

Previous Biology MCAS exams, open response questions, and accommodations


Graphics resources

BioRender – create beautiful, professional scientific figures.

The Golden Book of Biology Charley Harper as Illustrator: the 1960s 

Honors Biology SlideShare presentations by Jay Swan.

Textbook resources

What is biology? Intro worksheet

Pearson Dragonfly Biology handouts , Pearson Dragonfly Biology PPTs

Some great AP Biology powerpoints http://www.explorebiology.com/pptAP/2008/

Great apps & interactives






Learning Standards

2016 Massachusetts Science and Technology/Engineering Curriculum Framework
College Board Standards for College Success: Science
2006 Massachusetts Science and Technology/Engineering Curriculum Framework
Massachusetts Comprehensive Health Curriculum Framework
Massachusetts History and Social Science
Benchmarks for Science Literacy, AAAS
SAT Biology Subject Area Test
Ocean Literacy The Essential Principles and Fundamental Concepts of Ocean Sciences: March 2013 and Ocean Literacy Network. The Centers for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence (COSEE) and Lawrence Hall of Science, University of California, BerkeleyTeaching About Evolution and the Nature of Science, National Academy Press (1998)
ELA Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy

Nothing wrong with a little friendly competition between discipline fields, eh? 🙂

XKCD Which field is the best physics versus biology


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