Martin High School Biomedical Science Program Earns National Certification
By Reginald Lewis - Office of Communication
Posted on May 11, 2015, May 11, 2015

Arlington ISD is doing its best to help some young scholars fulfill their dream of a science career.

The biomedical science program at Martin High School has earned national certification for its Project Lead the Way program, demonstrating the school's quality implementation of the PLTW program as well as their dedication to preparing students for the global economy. In only its third year at the school, the Martin biomedical science program will hold this distinction for five years.

"With top-notch teachers and outstanding community partners, the biomedical science program at Martin High School has seen great success in a short period of time," Arlington ISD Superintendent Dr. Marcelo Cavazos said. "This program is promoting engagement, creativity, critical thinking and achievement, which is a goal of the district's strategic plan and a key to helping our students reach their full academic potential."

PLTW, a nonprofit organization and the nation's leading provider of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education programs, offers a rigorous world-class curriculum that allows students to apply what they are learning in math and science classes to real-life biomedical science activities, projects and problems. The national PLTW recognition program distinguishes schools for successfully demonstrating a commitment to PLTW's national standards.

Achieving this national certification provides students with the opportunity to apply for college credit or receive college-level recognition at PLTW-affiliate universities when they successfully complete select PLTW courses in high school.

To earn this status, a Martin committee submitted a self-assessment of the school's implementation of PLTW's biomedical science program, and a site visit by PLTW followed. One member of the site team noted after the visit, "Thinking outside the box has produced some unique methods of student assessment, including video and oral assessments." Another wrote, "They are working hard to build a strong program. Teacher connection with students is great."

About 250 students at Martin take biomedical science courses that include principles of biomedical science, human body systems, medical interventions and biomedical innovations. This is the first time an Arlington ISD school has earned the PLTW national certification.


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