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California Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

Last updated: June 30, 2015

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.

  • 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'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:

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.

If you find this information useful, and you are not currently a member of CSTA, please consider joining today.