Illinois Learning Standards

Science Mandates

Alternatives to Dissection Resources

In 1998 and in 2000, the Illinois’ legislature mandated that sources of information should be provided to and from our schools on the alternatives for dissection. As a local autonomy state, our local districts make policy decisions independently in these matters. Our resources have been offered to provide position statements from a variety of professional organizations and applicable societies, as well as guidelines to help make decisions at the personal, parental, classroom and administrative levels.

Many teaching and learning settings nationwide have adjusted curricular and instructional strategies away from their traditional or historical methods in science to reflect the advances of technology, the environmental safety implications and cost-benefit considerations in science classrooms. Please review the attached materials (copied from our website) to study how Illinois schools, teachers and students are making more informed decisions about this matter.

Appendix: Title 29 Code of Federal Regulations, Parts 1900-1926
- OSHA 1910.1450 Occupational Exposure to Hazardous Chemicals in Laboratories PDF File