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Next Generation Science Standards

Curriculum Framework

Last updated: April 15, 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.

*NEW* Science Curriculum Framework and Evaluation Criteria Committee

The State Board of Education (SBE) is recruiting members of the 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. Click here to access the online application.

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.

Serving on the CFCC represents a significant commitment of time and personal energy. Between September 2014 and February 2015, CFCC members will participate in up to six meetings (two days each) in Sacramento and spend a considerable amount of time between meetings reviewing or researching portions of framework drafts. Travel and per diem costs are reimbursed at standard state rates; however, no stipend or substitute pay is provided. The scheduled meeting dates are as follows:

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

Applications will be accepted until April 18, 2014 at 3 p.m. The Instructional Quality Commission (IQC) will submit a list of recommended applicants to the SBE for appointment in May of 2014.

Focus Groups

The Curriculum Framework Focus Groups discuss several questions designed to provide guidance to the writers of the new science curriculum framework. Even if you were not selected to be a focus group member, all focus group meetings are open and public comment is welcome at the conclusion of the the focus group discussion. A list of questions focus group discussion is available online. 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 by February 18, 2014. Pending State Board approval on January 15, the focus group meetings will be held (click on the links for the official public meeting notice and logistical information):

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

Curriculum Framework Writing

Curriculum frameworks provide guidance to teachers, administrators, and parents on how a standards-based curriculum is implemented in the classroom. Pending approval of the proposed development timeline by the State Board of Education at its January 15-16, 2014 meeting, recruitment for members of the Science Curriculum Framework and Evaluation Criteria Committee (CFCC) will begin in January/February 2014 and will last for 90 days, concluding in April 2014. 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. CSTA will send out information to members when the application is available.

Even if you are not able to commit your time to serving on the CFCC, you can still participate in the development process. 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.