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2014/2015 California State Budget Deal Includes Funding for Standards Implementation, Science Assessment, and Science Framework Development

The deal struck between Governor Brown and the California Legislature includes $400.5 million that the legislature intends for use on Common Core, NGSS, and ELD implementation (including PD for teachers, instructional materials, and technology supports). However, the use of these funds for this purpose is not mandatory in the budget trailer bill language. In addition to this funding, $4 million is being allocated for NGSS assessment, $493,000 in one-time Federal Title III funds are appropriated for the purpose of linking English language development standards with academic content standards for mathematics and science, and finally $270,000 is appropriated to the IQC to review and revise, as necessary, the history-social science framework and develop a revised curriculum framework and evaluation criteria for instructional materials in science based on NGSS.

LCFF and LCAP: Tools to Help Move Science Education Forward

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.

2013/2014 State Budget Includes $1.25 Billion in One-Time Funding to Support Common Core AND NGSS Implementation

Click 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 administrators 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 (ELD Standards).
  • 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.