INFORMATION & LEGISLATION
CSTA works to ensure that the interests of science educators
are represented at the state level, with legislators and state
education policy-makers. Learn about some successes achieved
on your behalf by clicking here.
In 2013 two important bills were signed into law by Governor
Jerry Brown. SB
300 (Hancock) which allows for work on a new science
curriculum framework based on the new science standards
to be completed by January 30, 2016. The legislation also
requires that the new framwork for science include English
language development strategies, and strategies to address
the needs of pupils with disabilities. Without this bill work
would not have been able to even begin on the curriculum framework
until July 1, 2015 – nearly two years after the adoption of
484 (Bonilla) is a very large bill that replaces the STAR
program with a new assessment system called CalMAPP (California
Measurement of Academic Performance and Progress). The primary
focus of the bill is to suspend non-federally required assessments
for the 2013/14 school year and offer new Common Core aligned
consortium assessments in the 2014/15 school year. While dealing
primarily with Common Core assessments, the bill does take
some first steps in overhauling the state assessment system.
comprehensive FAQ regarding AB 484 has been develped by CDE.
For more information about science assessments, click
more legislative updates, click here.
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