Minimum Core Science Laboratory Inventory
CSTA believes that students learn science best by doing
science. The California Next Generation Science Standards
require teachers to engage their students in the science and
engineering practices. In addition, the Williams
settlement legislation has heightened concern for equal access
for all students, requiring that all students have the resources
they need to receive a quality education, including access
to appropriate and adequate science laboratory equipment.
The following lists represent the recommended minimum
laboratory equipment, supplies, and related inventory required
in order for a district to support and deliver standards-based
instruction in science, grades K-12. The recommended inventories
represent the materials that would be required for effective
implementation of the California Next Generation Science Standards.
Comments and suggestions for additions can be sent to CSTA.
Last updated: November 17, 2015
The equipment listed in the high school lists below should
be available in every high school so that regardless of which
course sequencing model is selected students and teachers
have access to these materials.