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Next Generation Science Standards

Curriculum Framework

Last updated: April 22, 2014

Curriculum Framework Revision Timeline (as approved by the State Board of Education) - Links to CDE website.

With the passage of SB 300 (2013) and the adoption of the Next Generation Science Standards for California Public Schools, K-12, work on the new curriculum framework for science has begun. "Curriculum frameworks provide guidance for implementing the content standards adopted by the State Board of Education (SBE). Frameworks are developed by the Instructional Quality Commission (IQC), formerly known as the Curriculum Development and Supplemental Materials Commission, which also reviews and recommends textbooks and other instructional materials to be adopted by the SBE. " (Source: California Department of Education, retrieved November 17, 2013)

This flowchart developed by CDE provides a good overview of the framework development process.

Curriculum Framework Writing

Curriculum frameworks provide guidance to teachers, administrators, and parents on how a standards-based curriculum is implemented in the classroom. Made up of 9 - 20 people, the CFCC will play a significant role in the revision of the Science Framework for California Public Schools, Kindergarten Through Grade Twelve (Science Framework). The Science Framework will be revised to incorporate and support the Next Generation Science Standards for California Public Schools, Kindergarten through Grade Twelve (CA NGSS) and to reflect current research in science instruction. The CFCC will provide input for the initial draft of the revised framework in accordance with the guidelines approved by the SBE.

Public comment periods on the draft science curriculum framework will take place in the summer and fall of 2015.

For additional milestones and events for the Science Framework revision visit CSTA's NGSS for CA Timeline.

Science Curriculum Framework and Evaluation Criteria Committee (CFCC)

The CFCC will play a significant role in the revision of the Science Framework for California Public Schools, Kindergarten Through Grade Twelve (Science Framework). The Science Framework will be revised to incorporate and support the Next Generation Science Standards for California Public Schools, Kindergarten through Grade Twelve (CA NGSS), adopted by the SBE in September 2013, and to reflect current research in science instruction. The CFCC provides input into the initial draft of the revised framework in accordance with guidelines approved by the SBE.

CFCC members include single-subject and multi-subject credentialed teachers; college and university personnel representing academic departments and schools of education; and representatives of citizen groups, educational organizations, industry, or other agencies. The Instructional Quality Commission (IQC), which serves as an advisory body to the SBE, recommends applicants for the CFCC to the SBE. CFCC members will be required to come the meetings having read and responded to draft chapters of the framework, provide additional input and resources for the chapters, and in some cases they may be called upon to provide text for the chapters as well. Members of the CFCC will be appointed by the State Board of Education at their July 10-11, 2014 meeting.

The meetings of the CFCC will take place in Sacramento at the California Department of Education (1430 N Street, Sacramento, CA)

September 9–10, 2014
October 9–10,2014
November 5–6, 2014*
December 11–12,2014
January 22–23,2015
February 26–27, 2015

If you would like to provide input but are not able to attend a meeting in person, you may send your comments via email to scienceframework@cde.ca.gov.

*The November CFCC meeting will take place at the State Library located at 900 N Street, Sacramento, CA.

Focus Groups

The focus groups are a first step in the revision of the Science Framework. The five focus groups met one time for 2 hours to discuss how the Science Framework should be revised to support effective instruction and implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards for California Public Schools, Kindergarten through Grade Twelve (CA NGSS). The Curriculum Framework Focus Groups discussed several questions designed to provide guidance to the writers of the new science curriculum framework. A list of questions focus groups discussed is available online.

Visit the CDE Curriculum Frameworks Web page at http://www.cde.ca.gov/ci/sc/cf/ for the most current information.