NGSS and California Science Standards Revision
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Milestones Achieved: The Road to New Science Standards
- On July 25, 2015 CDE issued a call
for public comment on the draft of the state's Next Generation
Science Standards Systems Implementation Plan for California.
- On July 15 - 18, 2014 the California Department of Education
and ETS hosted science stakeholder meetings to inform the
revision of the statewide assessment system (CAASPP) to
support the new state science standards.
- On July 10, 2014 the California State Board of Education
approved the members of the Science
Curriculum Framework and Evaluation Criteria Committee (CFCC)
and the Science Curriculum Framework Guidelines.
- On May 15-16, 2014 the IQC Science SMC and IQC reviewed,
modified, and approved the Framework
Guidelines and reviewed the applications for and selected
for recommendation to the SBE the members
and co-chairs of the CFCC.
- April - May 2014, K-12 Alliance/WestEd, California Science
Project, California Science Teachers Association, Curriculum
and Instruction Steering Committee, and the California Department
of Education hosted three Next
Generation Science Standards State Rollout Symposium #1
professional learning events.
- On April 18, 2014, the application period for CFCC membership
closed. The State Board of Education will appoint CFCC members
during their July
10-11, 2014 meeting.
- On April 16, 2014, CDE posted the alternative
discipline specific model for middle grades science
- In January and February 2014, CDE hosted five regional
Focus Group meetings to begin the process of revising
the science framework.
- On January 16, 2014 CDE began accepting applications for
the Curriculum Framework and
Evaluation Criteria Committee (CFCC)
- 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 addition 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
- 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 by Achieve in April
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.
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