To better align with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), the Howard County Public School System has decided to make a few changes in the courses that are offered in our schools. The following high school courses will no longer be offered as of the 2017-2018 school year: Earth and Space Science GT and Biology Honors. Additional changes will be made for the 2018-2019 school year. Those are outlined in the 2017-2018 HCPSS Catalog of Approved High School Courses. This will have a significant impact on student placement for the 2017-2018 school year. The majority of students who would have been recommended for Earth Science GT will now be recommended for Earth Science and most of the students who would have been recommended for Biology Honors will now be recommended for Biology.
We felt it was important to share this information with the community as the course scheduling window begins this week. If you have any questions about the changes to our Science courses, please consider attending our Lions’ Night--tonight,Tuesday January 10th. There are grade level assemblies and a course expo where teachers and counselors will be on hand to answer all of your questions.
If you are interested in learning more, there is a PowerPoint created by the Howard County Science Office available for viewing on the Howard High School website. This presentation goes into more detail about NGSS, the changes to the science courses, and the new Maryland Integrated Science Assessment or MISA.