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Next Generation Science Standards

NGSS and 2013 California Science Standards Revision

For a timeline of events and milestones to come, click here.

Milestones:

  • On November 6, 2013, the California State Board of Education adopted the proposed integrated model as the preferred model for middle grades science instruction. In additon the SBE requested the CDE to reconvene the Science Expert Panel to develop as an alternative model a discipline specific model based upon the domain specific model that is outlined by Achieve in the NGSS Appendix K.
  • The California State Board of Education adopted the Next Generation Science Standards for California and Appendices A-M on September 4, 2013.
  • California released its proposed Next Generation Science Standards for California Public Schools, Kindergarten through Grade 12 on June 28, 2013.
  • The first public draft of the NGSS was available for review May 14 - June 1, 2012. The second and final public draft was available for review January 8 - 29, 2013. The final version of the NGSS were released in April 2013.
  • SB 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.
  • SB 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 participated as a lead state partner in the development and review process of the Next Generation Science Standards, whose drafting was 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 was 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 Science Standards.
  • The team writing the standards included teachers.