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Next Generation Science Standards

Curriculum Framework

Last updated: July 30, 2014

"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."

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.