LCFF and LCAP: Tools to Help Move Science Education
As part of LCFF, districts will submit their
Local Control & Accountability Plans by July 1, 2014.
(I am guessing you will have internal deadlines in your district
that are even earlier.) Good news for science education….
LCAPs must address plans to implement NGSS as part of addressing
State Priority #2. Read
this article in EdSource from State Board Member Trish Williams
encouraging districts to include NGSS in their LCAP.
Superintendent Torlakson Calls for Funding
of CCSS and NGSS in 2014/2015 State Budget
a December 31, 2013 article in EdSource State Superintendent
of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson called for $1.5 bilion
for schoold districts for Common Core and NGSS implementation.
The allocation did not appear in Governor
Jerry Brown's proposed 2014/2015 budget. CSTA will continue
to track the progress of the Superindent's recommendation
as the budget process works its way through the legislature.
In the meantime, the fuding allocated by Governor
Brown in the 2013/2014 budget can be used for NGSS implementation
as described below.
2013/2014 State Budget Includes $1.25 Billion
in One-Time Funding to Support Common Core AND NGSS Implementation
here to view a calendar of upcoming NGSS PD Events in California.
At the end of June 2013, Governor Brown included
$1.25 billion in one-time funding to help districts implement
the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). The language of the
trailer bill (a legislative vehicle that accompanies the state
budget that describes how budget funds are to be spent) allows
for these "Common Core Grant" funds to also be spent
in support of the implementation of the NGSS for California.
According to the California
Department of Education and per the language of
AB 86, Section 85 the funds are to be spent in 2013/2014
and 2014/2015 and can be used for any of three purposes (specific
bill language below for reference):
- Professional development that is aligned to the CCSS,
NGSS for California, and/or ELD Standards. This can be provided
for teachers, administrators, paraprofessional educators,
or other classified employees directly involved in instruction.
- Instructional materials aligned to the CCSS, NGSS for
California, and/or ELD Standards.
- Integrating the CCSS/NGSS through technology-based instruction,
such as expenses relating to support of computer-based assessment
(e.g. high-speed internet connection, etc.)
While it is anticipated that most school districts will
focus their funding primarily on Common Core implementation
rather than NGSS, that does not mean that you as a science
teacher need be left out in the cold. Talk to your adminstrators
about including your professional development needs around
both Common Core and NGSS in their plans. For example the
upcoming December 2014 NSTA Long
Beach Area Conference in Collaboration with CSTA will
feature professional development strands on NGSS implementation
and "Science: The Gateway to Common Core State Standards."
For more information, click here.
Trailer bill language:
- Professional development for teachers, administrators,
and paraprofessional educators or other classified employees
involved in the direct instruction of pupils that is aligned
to the academic content standards adopted pursuant to California
Education Code (EC) sections
60605.8 (Common Core), 60605.11 (Common Core), 60605.85
(NGSS for CA), and 60811.3
- Instructional materials aligned to the academic content
standards adopted pursuant to EC sections 60605.8, 60605.85,
60605.11, and 60811.3 including, but not limited to, supplemental
instructional materials as provided in sections 60605.86,
60605.87, and 60605.88.
- Integration of these academic content standards through
technology-based instruction for purposes of improving the
academic performance of pupils, including, but not necessarily
limited to, expenditures necessary to support the administration
of computer-based assessments and provide high-speed, high-bandwidth
Internet connectivity for the purpose of administration
of computer-based assessments.