In 2009, CPS began a concerted effort to strengthen the quality of science education at the middle grades level by ensuring that science teachers have the necessary credentials, access to high quality instructional materials, and sustained, coherent professional development on those materials. The district expanded its scope and sequence to include SEPUP at 6th grade in addition to 7th and 8th grade. A cadre of professional development leaders, drawn from among the most effect middle grade science teachers in the district, was created by the district and supported by Lab-Aids. One result of this concerted effort was a jump in state test scores for middle grade science by 5.6 points, the largest gain for any grade and subject.
In the first several years of implementation, state science test scores for my students increased by 41 points.