Last updated: November 17, 2015
First Draft of Science Curriculum Framework Released for
Today the California Department of Education released for
the first 60-day public review
the draft of the Science Curriculum Framework! This document
plays a critical role in the implementation of the California
Next Generation Science Standards and your participation in
it's review is critical.
For information on how to be involved, please visit our post
in California Classroom Science.
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.
About Curriculum Frameworks
"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)
Standards are often referred to as the "what" students
should learn and be able to do, the curriculum framework is
the document that provides the "how."
New Science Curriculum Framework for California
California is embarking on a revision of the Science
Curriculum Framework to support the implementation of
the California Next Generation Science Standards adopted by
the State Board of Education in 2013.
The current timeline for the revision of the Science
Curriculum Framework puts the start of first 60-day public
review period on November 17, 2015.
Science Curriculum Framework Resources and Links
Science Curriculum Framework and Evaluation Criteria Committee
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
November 5—6, 2014
December 11—12,2014 Rescheduled
February 26—27, 2015 Rescheduled
March 26—27, 2015
May 20—21, 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
Visit the CDE Curriculum Frameworks Web page at http://www.cde.ca.gov/ci/sc/cf/
for the most current information.