High School a-g LAB
UC/CSU a-g LAB Requirement guidelines:
- Courses will include teacher-supervised, hands-on laboratory activities that are directly related to, and support, the other class work, and that involve inquiry, observation, analysis and write-up. These hands-on inquiry-based activities will constitute a significant portion of the instruction and account for at least 20 percent of class time. Hands-on laboratory activities must explicitly address safe and ethical practices with respect to experimenters, society and the environment.
- Once you have decided to complete the lab portion of an a-g approved high school science course you will need to choose a curriculum. Remember, 20% or 1 day per week should be dedicated to completing or working on laboratory requirements.
- Next you will need to outline the units and chapters to see if there are recommended labs to complete, or you may choose to complete a lab that corresponds to a particular section from some other resource. Not all "lab" assignments need to include microscopes, bacteria samples, or scapels. There are many online, virtual labs and activities available, but you do need to research these to check appropriateness and rigor.
The Role of the Highly Qualifies (HQ) Oversight Teacher:
- The parent is the primary teacher of any independent study (IS) course.
- The HQ teacher has many roles which can include locating lab materials when necessary, suggesting assignments, reviewing essays or projects, collaborating with the parent/PLT team for grading when necessary, and generally helping to assure all a-g LAB requirements are met.
- The HQ teacher is not responsible for tutoring, overseeing and grading non-lab curriculum assignments, ordering materials, or "teaching" the chosen labs.