Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
Last updated: November 17, 2015
The 1st Draft of the Science Curriculum Framework Is Now
Available for Public Review - Deadline: Jan. 19, 2016
Science Curriculum Framework & Evaluation Criteria document
is now ready for its first 60 Day Public Feedback period.
This is a critical process for the review and vetting of the
document. Anyone from around the state is invited to read
the document and provide feedback. CSTA encourages
its members to participate in this process. You can
participate individually or as part of a larger group in a
review session. If you want to be part of a group review
session, providing input as a team, you can do so throughout
the state. Here
you will find a list of locations where public review sessions
will be held. (Please note that you can provide your input
individually and as a team member during a group review session.)
for more information.
California Science Framework Overview Webinar Recording
- Recommended Viewing Before Reviewing
recorded on Nov. 17, 2015. This overview is designed to provide
information about the development of the Draft Science Framework,
including chapter content, suggestions for making comments
to CDE, and suggestions for hosting your own framework discussion
and feedback gathering prior to diving into the document.
This module is developed by Anthony Quan (Los Angeles County
Office of Education) and Jared Mar (Tulare County Office of
Education), in partnership with the CDE, CSTA, California
Science Project, K12 Alliance, and County Offices of Education.
2015/16 California State Budget Allocates Over $3 Billion
to Be Used to Support NGSS Implementation
Just over $3 billion will be distributed
to school districts for the purpose of reimbursement of state-mandated
local program costs. This payment is a pay down of the debt
that the state owes to LEAs. These funds are discretionary
in the 2015/16 budget - meaning “the governing board
of a school district or community college district may expend
the one-time funds received [...] for any purpose, as determined
by the governing board.” The budget goes on to state
“It is the intent of the Legislature
that school districts shall prioritize the use of
these one-time funds for professional development,
induction for beginning teachers [...], technology infrastructure,
and any other investments necessary to support implementation
of the common core standards in English language
arts and mathematics, the [...] English language development
standards, and the [...] Next Generation Science Standards.”
Click to learn more.
New to the California NGSS?
California adopted new standards for science education K-12
in 2013. These new standards are known as the Next Generation
Science Standards (NGSS). The following links provide introductory
information about the new standards and are a good place to
start if you are new to them.
California's Implementation of the New Science Standards
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:
California Adopts the Next Generation Science Standards
In the fall of 2013 California formally adopted the
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
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.
If you find this information useful, and you are not currently
a member of CSTA, please consider joining