Table 3 Placement of genetics concepts in national efforts to redesign biology curricula
AP Biology curriculum revision (College Board 2015)Vision and change (American Association for the Advancement of Science 2011)Next generation science standards for K–12 (National Research Council 2011)
Description of genetics conceptsLiving systems store, retrieve, transmit, and respond to information essential to life processes.Information flow, exchange, and storage: the growth and behavior of organisms are activated through the expression of genetic information in context.Heredity: inheritance and variation of traits.
Organization of informationOne of four “Big Ideas” in the AP Biology course curriculum.One of the five core concepts that all undergraduate biology students should know about.One of the four core and component ideas in the life sciences.