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California Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

Last updated: November 17, 2015

The 1st Draft of the Science Curriculum Framework Is Now Available for Public Review - Deadline: Jan. 19, 2016

The California Science Curriculum Framework & Evaluation Criteria document is now ready for its first 60 Day Public Feedback period. This is a critical process for the review and vetting of the document. Anyone from around the state is invited to read the document and provide feedback. CSTA encourages its members to participate in this process. You can participate individually or as part of a larger group in a group review session. If you want to be part of a group review session, providing input as a team, you can do so throughout the state. Here you will find a list of locations where public review sessions will be held. (Please note that you can provide your input individually and as a team member during a group review session.) Click for more information.

California Science Framework Overview Webinar Recording - Recommended Viewing Before Reviewing

A webinar recorded on Nov. 17, 2015. This overview is designed to provide information about the development of the Draft Science Framework, including chapter content, suggestions for making comments to CDE, and suggestions for hosting your own framework discussion and feedback gathering prior to diving into the document. This module is developed by Anthony Quan (Los Angeles County Office of Education) and Jared Mar (Tulare County Office of Education), in partnership with the CDE, CSTA, California Science Project, K12 Alliance, and County Offices of Education. https://connect.lacoe.edu/p9mbfn67fzs/

2015/16 California State Budget Allocates Over $3 Billion to Be Used to Support NGSS Implementation

Just over $3 billion will be distributed to school districts for the purpose of reimbursement of state-mandated local program costs. This payment is a pay down of the debt that the state owes to LEAs. These funds are discretionary in the 2015/16 budget - meaning “the governing board of a school district or community college district may expend the one-time funds received [...] for any purpose, as determined by the governing board.” The budget goes on to state “It is the intent of the Legislature that school districts shall prioritize the use of these one-time funds for professional development, induction for beginning teachers [...], technology infrastructure, and any other investments necessary to support implementation of the common core standards in English language arts and mathematics, the [...] English language development standards, and the [...] Next Generation Science Standards.” Click to learn more.

New to the California NGSS?

California adopted new standards for science education K-12 in 2013. These new standards are known as the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The following links provide introductory information about the new standards and are a good place to start if you are new to them.

California's Implementation of the New Science Standards

The implementation of new standards for science will be a multi-faceted, multi-year project that will involve many teachers, organizations, and the state. The following links are the various components of new standards implementation:

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, both are available on the CDE NGSS web page.

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.