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Content Standards: Science

Science is the process of exploring and explaining the processes, structures, designs, and systems that make up our world. In science classes, students engage in practices including making observations, developing and revising models, and analyzing and interpreting data to answer scientific questions and design solutions to problems. The South Dakota Science Standards were written with a team of educators, scientists, parents, and the South Dakota Department of Education to prepare for the future of South Dakota's youth.

The South Dakota science standards include the four domains of science: Life; Physical; Earth and Space; and Engineering, Technology, and Applications of Science. The standards are written in a vertical progression that accommodates how people learn and how their knowledge, skills, and understanding develop over time. Ultimately, students will graduate high school with a well-rounded understanding of the world around them, and how they can be a part of shaping and developing the resources around them.