Updated: October 11, 2013
On October 2, 2013 Governor Brown signed SB
300 (Hancock) into law. SB 300 will allow for work on
a new science curriculum framework based on the newly
adopted science standards to be completed by January 31,
2016. Without this bill work would not have been able to even
begin on the curriculum framework until July 1, 2015 – nearly
three years after the adoption of new standards. The billed
passed the education committee with ease. CSTA thanks Senator
Hancock’s office for involving CSTA in the process and for
carrying the bill.
The State Board of Education (SBE) is requesting
applications from currently practicing teachers with teaching
experience and expertise in science for appointment to the
Instructional Quality Commission (IQC). The deadline for submittal
of applications is 5:00 p.m., November 15, 2013.
The IQC, formerly known as the Curriculum Development and
Supplemental Materials Commission, consists of 18 members,
13 of whom are appointed by the SBE upon the recommendation
of the State Superintendent of Public Instruction or the members
of the SBE. At any one time, at least seven of the public
members are current classroom teachers, or mentor teachers,
or both, who are assigned to teach in grades K-12.
The IQC is responsible for advising the SBE on matters related
to curriculum and instruction. The IQC (1) develops and recommends
curriculum frameworks; (2) develops and recommends criteria
for evaluating instructional materials submitted for adoption;
(3) evaluates instructional materials that have been submitted
by publishers and makes recommendations to adopt or reject
each submission; (4) recommends policies and activities to
the SBE, the California Department of Education(CDE), and
local education agencies regarding curriculum and instruction;
and (5) advises and makes recommendations to the SBE on implementing
the state’s academic content standards. (The SBE also typically
appoints separate committees to assist the IQC in developing
curriculum frameworks, developing evaluation criteria for
instructional materials, and reviewing instructional materials.)
The IQC holds four two-day meetings a year. Additional IQC
and Subject Matter Committee meetings may also be scheduled
if needed. All of these meetings require preparation time
for IQC members. IQC members may be called upon to make an
additional commitment of 10-12 days to participate in the
review of instructional materials submitted for adoption in
Term of Office
Terms are for four calendar years, and may be renewed by the
SBE based upon participation and contribution, membership
composition, a need to stagger terms, or other considerations.
Additional information about the IQC may be found at http://www.cde.ca.gov/be/cc/cd/.
Travel, Lodging, and Other Expenses
IQC members serve without pay and are reimbursed for authorized
travel costs according to established SBE procedures. Members
will be reimbursed for travel and per diem expenses related
to IQC meetings only. No reimbursement is made for other activities.
The application form may be found on the SBE’s Web site at
Please note that the application form requests that applicants
provide both a resume and two letters of recommendation. The
SBE also requests that applicants provide a detailed explanation
of your interest in and qualifications to serve on the IQC.
All applications and corresponding materials must be received
in the CDE by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, November 15, 2013, in order
to be considered for appointment. Incomplete applications
will not be considered. All applications and corresponding
materials for appointment to the IQC should be sent to:
Thomas Adams, Executive Director, Instructional Quality Commission
Curriculum Frameworks and Instructional Resources Division
California Department of Education
1430 N Street, Suite 3207
Sacramento, CA 95814
Final candidates must be available for telephone interviews
with the SBE Screening Committee on December 16 and/or December
17, 2013. Telephone interview times will be announced at a
For questions or additional information regarding the IQC,
contact Thomas Adams at 916 319-0881.
(2004) science framework.