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Science Knowledge Is Based on Empirical Evidence
 
Primary School (K-2)

Scientists look for patterns and order when making observations about the world.

Elementary School (3-5)

Science findings are based on recognizing patterns.

Science uses tools and technologies to make accurate measurements and observations.

Middle School (6-8)

Science knowledge is based upon logical and conceptual connections between evidence and explanations.

Science disciplines share common rules of obtaining and evaluating empirical evidence.

High School (9-12)

Science knowledge is based on empirical evidence.

Science disciplines share common rules of evidence used to evaluate explanations about natural systems.

Science includes the process of coordinating patterns of evidence with current theory.

Science arguments are strengthened by multiple lines of evidence supporting a single explanation.