Students will explain and/or describe the conditions required for natural selection that result in differential reproductive success.
Students will explain and/or describe the scientific mechanisms, such as genetic drift, gene flow, and nonrandom mating, resulting in evolutionary change.
Students will explain and/or describe how mutation and genetic recombination increase genetic variation.
Students will identify ways in which a scientific claim is evaluated (e.g., through scientific argumentation, critical and logical thinking, and consideration of alternative explanations).Content Limits :
Items will not address descent with modification or common descent.
Items addressing mutation and genetic recombination in relation to increasing genetic variation must be assessed in the context of evolution.
Items will not assess the Hardy-Weinberg principle or genetic equilibrium.
Items may address how meiosis contributes to genetic variation but may not assess the steps or stages of meiosis.
Items assessing a scientific claim are limited to the topics discussed in SC.912.L.15.13, SC.912.L.15.14, and SC.912.L.15.15.