High School (SCI) Life Science Standards
[LS4] Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity
SCI-HS.LS4.01 Analyze and interpret scientific information that common ancestry and biological evolution are supported by multiple lines of empirical evidence
Clarification Statement: Biological evolution is defined as changes in the traits of populations of organisms over time. Emphasis
is on a conceptual understanding of the role each line of evidence (e.g., similarities in DNA sequences,
order of appearance of structure during embryological development, cladograms, homologous and
vestigial structures, fossil records) demonstrates as related to common ancestry and biological
evolution. Disciplinary Core Ideas LS4.A: Evidence of Common Ancestry and
-Genetic information, like the fossil record,
provides evidence of evolution. DNA sequences
vary among species, but there are many overlaps;
in fact, the ongoing branching that produces
multiple lines of descent can be inferred by
comparing the DNA sequences of different
organisms. Such information is also derivable
from the similarities and differences in amino acid
sequences and from anatomical and
Student Learning Targets:
Skills (Performance) Targets
The Student can ...
... with help, demonstrate a partial understanding of some of the simpler details and processes (Score 2.0 content) and some of the more complex ideas and processes (Score 3.0 content).
... demonstrate no major errors or omissions regarding the simpler details and processes but exhibits major errors or omissions regarding the more complex ideas and processes (Score 3.0 content).
“The Standard.” ... demonstrate no major errors or omissions regarding any of the information and processes that were end of instruction expectations.
... demonstrate in-depth inferences and applications regarding more complex material that go beyond end of instruction expectations.
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