This course has been developed based on the New York State's Physical Setting/Earth Science Core Curriculum. Content areas include geology, meteorology, astronomy, and oceanography. Instruction will focus on student understanding and demonstration of important relationships, processes, mechanisms, and applications of concepts. This year's science class will assess a student's ability to explain, analyze, and interpret Earth Science processes and phenomena, and generate science inquiry. This course will be taught in a way that encourages the understanding, application, and extension of core content, instead of memorization.
The Regents is composed of four parts:
Part A – (approximately 25-35% of exam) Multiple choice questions assessing the student’s ability to apply, analyze, synthesize, and evaluate core material.
Part B – (approximately 25-35% of exam) This part will be skill-based questions in the form of short answer constructed response.
Part C – (approximately 20-25% of exam) Content and its application will be assessed with extended constructed-response items. This will require students to apply their knowledge of science concepts and skills to address real-world situations. Real-world situations may be taken from newspaper or magazine articles, scientific inquiry journals, or current events. Students will be asked to apply scientific concepts, formulate hypotheses, make predictions, or use other scientific inquiry techniques in their responses to the questions posed.
Part D – (15% of exam) Laboratory performance test that will be administered prior to the written examination.