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Curriculum Framework

Last updated: September 19, 2014

Applications Invited for Appointment to the Instructional Quality Commission

This is your opportunity to apply for a state-level role in the development of the new Science Curriculum Framework to support the implementation of NGSS!

The State Board of Education (SBE) is requesting applications from currently practicing teachers with teaching experience and expertise in science, history–social science, world languages and/or health for appointment to the Instructional Quality Commission (IQC). The deadline for submittal of applications is 5:00 p.m. October 20, 2014.

The IQC, formerly known as the Curriculum Development and Supplemental Materials Commission, consists of 18 members. 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.

Visit http://www.cde.ca.gov/be/cc/ab/iqc-invitation.asp for more information and to apply today.

About Curriculum Frameworks

"Curriculum frameworks provide guidance for implementing the content standards adopted by the State Board of Education (SBE). Frameworks are developed by the Instructional Quality Commission (IQC), formerly known as the Curriculum Development and Supplemental Materials Commission, which also reviews and recommends textbooks and other instructional materials to be adopted by the SBE. " (Source: California Department of Education, retrieved November 17, 2013)

Standards are often referred to as the "what" students should learn and be able to do, the curriculum framework is the document that provides the "how."

New Science Curriculum Framework for California

California is embarking on a revision of the Science Curriculum Framework to support the implementation of the California Next Generation Science Standards adopted by the State Board of Education in 2013.

Science Curriculum Framework Resources and Links

Science Curriculum Framework and Evaluation Criteria Committee (CFCC)

The CFCC will play a significant role in the revision of the Science Framework for California Public Schools, Kindergarten Through Grade Twelve (Science Framework). The Science Framework will be revised to incorporate and support the Next Generation Science Standards for California Public Schools, Kindergarten through Grade Twelve (CA NGSS), adopted by the SBE in September 2013, and to reflect current research in science instruction. The CFCC provides input into the initial draft of the revised framework in accordance with guidelines approved by the SBE.

CFCC members include single-subject and multi-subject credentialed teachers; college and university personnel representing academic departments and schools of education; and representatives of citizen groups, educational organizations, industry, or other agencies. The Instructional Quality Commission (IQC), which serves as an advisory body to the SBE, recommends applicants for the CFCC to the SBE. CFCC members will be required to come the meetings having read and responded to draft chapters of the framework, provide additional input and resources for the chapters, and in some cases they may be called upon to provide text for the chapters as well. Members of the CFCC will be appointed by the State Board of Education at their July 10-11, 2014 meeting.

The meetings of the CFCC will take place in Sacramento at the California Department of Education (1430 N Street, Sacramento, CA)

September 9–10, 2014
October 9–10,2014
November 5–6, 2014*
December 11–12,2014
January 22–23,2015
February 26–27, 2015

If you would like to provide input but are not able to attend a meeting in person, you may send your comments via email to scienceframework@cde.ca.gov.

*The November CFCC meeting will take place at the State Library located at 900 N Street, Sacramento, CA.

Visit the CDE Curriculum Frameworks Web page at http://www.cde.ca.gov/ci/sc/cf/ for the most current information.