Science Introduction

Science Standards

The BPSS (SCI) Science Standards course in Learnbps is Bismarck Public School District's current progress on prioritizing and deconstructing standards to provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn. The standards are designed to provide guidance so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help students. Plus help students reflect on the knowledge and skills that they need for success.

Identifier Explanation


The Bismarck Public School District Standards-Based Progress Report displays grades at the concept level. Therefore Bismarck Public School District has modified the North Dakota DPI Identifiers to fit into our student information system PowerSchool for Standards-Based grading. Above is a BPS-Standards SCI identifier with smaller muted text showing the addition  to the identifier that are the components that BPS adds to the State code.

Science and Engineering Practices
Science and Engineering Practices are what scientists do to investigate and explore natural phenomena.

Asking questions and defining problemsSEPs1: Asking Questions and Defining Problems
Asking questions and defining problems in K-12 builds on prior experiences and progresses to simple descriptive questions.

Developing and using modelsSEPs2: Developing and Using Models
Modeling in K-12 builds on prior experiences and progresses to include using and developing models (i.e., diagrams, drawing, physical replica, diorama, dramatization, or storyboard) that represent concrete events or design solutions.

Planning and carrying out investigationsSEPs3: Planning and Carrying Out Investigations
Planning and carrying out K-12 investigations to answer questions or test solutions to problems build on prior experiences and progresses to simple investigations, based on fair tests, which provide data to support explanations or design solutions.

Analyzing and interpreting dataSEPs4: Analyzing and Interpreting Data
Analyzing data in K-12 builds on prior experiences and progresses to collecting, recording, and sharing observations.

Using mathematics and computational thinkingSEPs5: Using Mathematics and Computational Thinking
Using mathematics and computational thinking in K-12 builds logical reasoning and problem-solving skills.

Constructing explanations and designing solutionsSEPs6: Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions
Constructing explanations and designing solutions in K-12 builds on prior experiences and progresses to the use of evidence and ideas in constructing evidence-based accounts of natural phenomena and designing solutions.

Engaging in argument from evidenceSEPs7: Engaging in Argument from Evidence
Engaging in argument from evidence in K-12 builds on prior experiences and progresses to comparing ideas and representations about the natural and designed world(s).

Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating informationSEPs8: Obtaining, Evaluating, and Communicating Information
Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information in K-12 builds on prior experiences and uses observations and texts to communicate new information.

Cross Cutting Concepts
Crosscutting Concepts are the tools that scientists use to make sense of natural phenomena.

CCCs1: Patterns
Structures or events are often consistent and repeated.

Cause and Effect

CCCs2: Cause and Effect
Events gave causes, sometimes esimple, sometimes multifaceted.

Scale, Proportion, and Quantity

CCCs3: Scale, Proportion, and Quantity
Different measures of size and time affect a system's structure, performance, and our ability to observe phenomena.

Systems and System Models

CCCs4: Systems and System Models
A set of connected things or parts forming a complete whole.

Energy and Matter

CCCs5: Energy and Matter
Tracking energy and matter flows, into, out of, and within systems helps one understand their systems behaviors.

Structure and Function

CCCs6: Structure and Function
The ways an object is shaped or structured determines many of its properties and functions.

Stability and ChangeCCCs7: Stability and Change
Over time, a system might stay the same or become different, depending on a variety of factors.