NGSS Timeline

Timeline for NGSS Implementation in California

The following timeline of events has been compiled by CSTA from various sources including the California Department of Education, the State Board of Education, and the California Legislature. The timeline is updated periodically as information becomes available and as NGSS implementation progresses.

The California Department of Education has also published an NGSS implementation timeline. It is available by clicking here.

July 16 - 20, 2018

Instructional Material Reviewers deliberate their reviews.


Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) – Participate in opportunities in your district to provide input in your district’s LCAP. Implementation of NGSS should be included in State Priority #2 and elsewhere. See http://wp.me/p4ic4P-3fc for tips.

August 13, 2018

Instructional Quality Commission holds hearing on K-8 Instructional Materials to receive public comment.

September 21 - 22, 2018

Instructional Quality Commission votes on recommendations of instructional materials for adoption.

November 8 - 9, 2018

California State Board of Education will hold a public hearing and vote on the adoption of K-8 Instructional Materials.

November 29, 2018

California Science Education Conference Pre-Conference Events:

Nov. 30 - Dec. 2, 2018

CSTA Annual California Science Education Conference – Pasadena, CA

Spring 2019

Administration of Operational New California Science Test (CAST) and Field Test Year California Alternate Assessment – Science (CAAS)

Oct. 18-20, 2019

CSTA Annual California Science Education Conference – San Jose, CA

Spring 2020

Administration of Operational NGSS Assessments (regular and alternate)

This timeline was developed by the California Science Teachers Association (CSTA) using a variety of information sources. CSTA will update this timeline as information become available.