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Recommended 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.