California Science Teachers Association: Statement
on Final Release of NGSS
The release of the Next Generation Science Standards marks
the beginning of an exciting process to update and improve
science education for the children in California public schools.
CSTA is pleased with blend of disciplinary content, cross
cutting concepts and the science and engineering practices
as a way to prepare our students to enter the increasingly
technological workforce of the 21st century.
Selected Next Generation Science Standards Resources
NGSS and 2013 California Science Standards Revision
- The first public draft of the NGSS was available for review
May 14 - June 1, 2012. The second and fianl public draft
was available for review January 8 - 29, 2013. The
final version of the NGSS are expected to be released in
1200 (Hancock) extended the timeline for the adoption
of new science standards in California to later in 2013.
The bill moved the deadlines of March 30, 2013 and July
30, 2013 outlined in SB 300 (see below) to July 31, 2013
and November 30, 2013, respectively. This extension of the
timeline allows Achieve, the organization writing the NGSS,
more time to incorporate changes based on the public and
state-level feedback they received from their first drafts.
300 (Hancock) was signed by Governor Brown in October,
2011. This bill requires the Superintendent of Public Instruction
to present to the State Board of Education recommended science
content standards by March 30, 2013. The drafting of these
recommended standards are to utilize the Next
Generation Science Standards as the basis for
deliberations and recommendations to the state board. The
State Board must then adopt, reject, or modify the presented
standards by July 30, 2013.
- California is participating as a lead
state partner in the development and review process
of the Next Generation Science Standards, whose drafting
are being coordinated by Achieve.
Part of the commitment of being a lead state partner is
to "give serious consideration to adopting the resulting
Next Generation Science Standards as presented."
- The drafting of the Next Generation Science Standards
is being guided by A
K-12 Framework for Science Education: Practices, Crosscutting
Concepts, and Core Ideas, authored by the National
Academy of Sciences. The Framework is available
for free download. A thorough understanding of this document
will facilitate your understanding of the Next Generation
team writing the standards includes teachers.