California Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
Welcome to CSTA's California Next Generation Science Standards (CA NGSS) information and resources site. We are proud to offer both our members and the public this resource to learn about CA NGSS, what is happening at various levels of implementation, and where to go for more information and access to resources both here in California and nationwide. Use the drop down menu above or the Quick Nav on the right to navigate through the site.
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:
- Implementation Timeline
- Curriculum Framework Development
- Instructional Materials - NEW!
- Assessment - Field test window opens Spring 2018!
- Professional Learning
- Middle School Science
- Accountability - Coming Soon!
- Early Implementation Initiative (K-8)
New to the California NGSS?
California adopted new standards for science education K-12 in 2013. These new standards are known as the California Next Generation Science Standards (CA NGSS). The following links provide introductory information about the new standards and are a good place to start if you are new to them.
- NGSS Development and California's Role - the Road to Adoption
- Videos About the NGSS - these videos offer a good deal of introductory material and come from a variety of sources
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.
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