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Next Generation Science Standards

Last updated: April 14, 2014

K-8 CA NGSS Early Implementation Initiative - Deadline April 30, 2014

The K-8 CA NGSS Early Implementation Initiative is a 4-year fast-start demonstration project developed by the K-12 Alliance with close collaborative input from the leadership of the California Department of Education, the California State Board of Education, and Achieve to build district leadership capacity to implement NGSS district-wide. The Initiative is funded by the S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation. Click for more information and details.

The Implementation Process Has Begun!

The implementation of new standards for science will be a multi-faceted, multi-year project that will involve many teachers, organizations, and the state. An implementation plan is being developed by the California Department of Education (CDE) along with its partners, including CSTA. Aspects of that plan will address the following components (among others):

California Adopts the Next Generation Science Standards

In the fall of 2013 California formally adopted the Next Generation Science Standards for California Public Schools, K-12 and Appendices A-M. These standards are essentially the Next Generation Science Standards as released by Achieve with a few minor changes to seven clarification statements. California also adopted to options for middle school learning progressions, a preferred integrated learning progression and an alternative discipline-specific learning progression yet to be developed (anticipated spring 2014).

CSTA, through the support of its members, has developed this website to provide resources and information to all California science educators regarding the Next Generation Science Standards. Please use the links on the left to navigate through the pages.

If you find this information useful, and you are not currently a member of CSTA, please consider joining today.