Many science courses require that students conduct experiments. This gives our students a chance to practice the scientific method, in effect, learning science by doing science. Those courses are what we call lab courses, and, of course, they require equipment and materials. The purpose of the Williams legislation is to inform citizens if our schools have the proper equipment, and enough of it, for students to succeed. This legislation only requires high schools to provide this information.
Please note that there is no state standard for equipping science labs. The next best authority we have to rely upon is the policy of our own school board. So you’ll see in our report whether our school board has voted to approve a standard for equipping our science labs. If you have further questions about the condition of our science labs, we recommend you speak with your child’s science teacher directly.