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INFORMATION & LEGISLATION

Updated: 11/17/2013

CSTA works to ensure that the interests of science educators are represented at the state level, with legislators and state education policy-makers. Learn about some successes achieved on your behalf by clicking here.

2013 Legislation

In 2013 two important bills were signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown. SB 300 (Hancock) which allows for work on a new science curriculum framework based on the new science standards to be completed by January 30, 2016. The legislation also requires that the new framwork for science include English language development strategies, and strategies to address the needs of pupils with disabilities. Without this bill work would not have been able to even begin on the curriculum framework until July 1, 2015 – nearly two years after the adoption of new standards.

AB 484 (Bonilla) is a very large bill that replaces the STAR program with a new assessment system called CalMAPP (California Measurement of Academic Performance and Progress). The primary focus of the bill is to suspend non-federally required assessments for the 2013/14 school year and offer new Common Core aligned consortium assessments in the 2014/15 school year. While dealing primarily with Common Core assessments, the bill does take some first steps in overhauling the state assessment system. A comprehensive FAQ regarding AB 484 has been develped by CDE. For more information about science assessments, click here.

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