Science Tidbits

September 2018

Science LEAP 2025 Assessment

The LEAP 2025 science assessment will be operational this school year. In Spring 2019, the state will use the better of Spring 2017 or Spring 2019 science scores for elementary and middle schools (3-8), in order to ease the transition to new assessments. (source)

· Link to LDOE’s Assessment Page:

Link Caddo Science's Standards and Assessments Folder:

Biology WILL Count!

LEAP 2025 for Biology WILL count towards high school SPS and be used for graduation requirements during the 2018-2019 school year.

See the High School Assessment and Accountability Frequently Asked Questions document for more information.

6th, 7th, 8th, and Biology Assessment Guidance Released

Visit the LDOE Assessment Guidance Library to access the latest information regarding the assessment guides.

6th Grade

7th Grade

8th Grade



LEAP 2025 Biology Test Design: The LEAP 2025 Science Biology test will contains five item sets, sixteen standalone items, and one task set across two to three sessions. All LEAP 2025 tests are timed. The test will contain field-test items which will not count toward a student’s final score on the test, but will provide information that will be used to develop future test forms. TO BE UPDATED FALL 2018.

Reporting categories for the new LEAP 2025 Science Assessments will be determined after all field test data has been analyzed. Information regarding the reporting categories will be included in this guide in WINTER 2018-19.

Science Component Connector Cards for Students with Significant Disabilities

Students with significant disabilities Science Component Connector Cards can be found HERE.

Donor's Choose is ready to help you fill your classroom with materials for science!

Donor's Choose is a not-for-profit organization that specialized in bringing the community together to support local teachers. Visit Donor's Choose to learn more about how they can help you fulfill your student's needs.


The Quality Science and Mathematics Competitive Grant Application for K-12 Regular Education Teachers in Louisiana Public Schools is now OPEN! Deadline is September 28, 2018. Looking for a way to purchase classroom math and science materials? The answer might be waiting for you through the Quality Math and Science Grant Program. Proposal submissions will be accepted soon. You are eligible to submit an application for up to $1,000 (up $250 from previous years) to purchase non-consumable science or math instructional materials if you are a K-12 regular education mathematics or science teacher working in a Louisiana public school.

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Cyber Innovation Physical Science and Physics Workshop

Cyber Innovation Center is offering a 2 day workshop for physical science and physics teachers in grades 8-12. Check out the FLYER for more information then complete this FORM if you are interested.

The Regional Autonomous Robotics Circuit (RARC)

RARC is a series of three robotics competitions for students in grades 2-12. The competitions build upon one another and allow students to showcase their STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) and cyber skills by competing against other students in their division (elementary, middle and high school) in a series of integrated challenges.

Competition 1

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Bossier Civic Center

620 Benton Road
Bossier City, LA 71111

Science & Engineering Fair 2019

The Louisiana Region I Science and Engineering Fair will be held at the Bossier Civic Center, 620 Benton Road, Bossier City, LA on March 7-9, 2019. The BPCC will need all paperwork by February 13, 2019.

Please see the official memo from the Region I Science Fair Director, Dr. Elaine Cox.

Joint LATM LSTA Conference

The joint LATM LSTA Conference will be held in Shreveport, La from October 22-24 at the Shreveport Convention Center. Deadline for early bird registration is September 22nd.

Don't Forget Your Complimentary LSTA Membership

Good News!

In an effort to support teachers of science this year during the implementation of the revised LSSS, LSTA is extending a complimentary membership to ALL Louisiana teachers of science, administrators, and informal educators until October 24, 2018.

All you need to do is complete and send in a membership form!! Contact your regional representative or download a form from our LSTA web site!

And more good news for current members. While the LSTA Board is celebrating with the 1000 + Louisiana science teachers who attended the NSTA Area Conference in New Orleans, the board acknowledges the high cost of a national event. As a result, the Board has approved extending membership expiration dates from November of 2017 to November 2018.

Shreveport-Bossier Mini Maker Faire

The third-annual Shreveport-Bossier Mini Maker Faire on Saturday, September 22, 2018 at the Agricultural Building at the Louisiana State Fairgrounds, 3206 Pershing Blvd in Shreveport!

Maker Faire is a gathering of fascinating, curious people who enjoy learning and who love sharing what they can do. From engineers to artists to scientists to crafters, Maker Faire is a venue for these "makers" to show hobbies, experiments, projects.

Steve Spangler's Sick Science

Check out Steve Spangler's Sick Science video series that helps engage students in learning science. Entire video series HERE with explanation downloads and teacher resources.

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Data Nuggets: Data Nuggets are free classroom activities, co-designed by scientists and teachers, designed to bring contemporary research and authentic data into the classroom. Data Nuggets include a connection to the scientist behind the data and the true story of their research. Each activity gives students practice working with “messy data” and interpreting quantitative information. Students are guided through the entire process of science, including identifying hypotheses and predictions, visualizing and interpreting data, making evidence based claims, and asking their own questions for future research. Because of their simplicity and flexibility, Data Nuggets can be used throughout the school year and across grades K-16, as students grow in their quantitative abilities and gain confidence. Data Nuggets have the potential to improve the understanding of science in society while engaging and motivating the next generation of scientists and engineers.

Sick Science is a great way to engage students in phenomena. Each video ends with a question asking the students WHY or HOW the phenomena happened.

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High School Science including advanced science test questions.

NGSA Assessment Portal:

Explore and use our classroom-ready assessment tasks.

Our tasks are intended to be used to support teaching and learning in classrooms that are enacting NGSS-aligned instruction. Currently, we have made available through our portal a comprehensive set of assessment tasks and rubrics for middle school physical science and life science. These technology-based tasks are designed for formative use by teachers to gain insights into students’ progress in building proficiency with the NGSS performance expectations (PEs)

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