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Next Generation Science Standards
Timeline for New Science Standards for California

Last updated March 3, 2016

The following timeline of events has been compiled by CSTA from various sources including the California Department of Education, the State Board of Education, and the California Legislature. The timeline is updated periodically as information becomes available and as NGSS implementation progressess. Click here to download an abbreviated one-page version of the estimated implementation timeline.

The California Department of Education has also published an NGSS implementation timeline. It is available by clicking here.

March 9-10, 2016

State Board of Education to take action on CDE design plan for the California Next Generation Science Standards General Summative Assessment Plan to the State Board of Education for approval. http://www.cde.ca.gov/be/ag/ag/yr16/documents/mar16item02.doc.

April - May 2016

NGSS Rollout #3: April 13-14: San Joaquin County
April 26-27: Riverside and San Bernardino Counties
May 17-18: Orange and Los Angeles Counties

Information and registration is available at https://www.regonline.com/NGSS2016Training

Spring 2016

Science CSTs, CMAs, and CAPA administered in grades 5, 8, and 10.

2015 - 2016

Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) Annual Update – Participate in opportunities in your district to provide input in your district’s LCAP.
Implementation of NGSS should be included in State Priority #2 (links to CDE's FAQs)

See also: Advocating for Access to Financial Support of Science in Your School and District




NGSS Transition Phase – build foundational resources, implementing needs assessments, establishing new professional learning opportunities, and expand collaborations between all stakeholders.

May 19 - 20, 2016

IQC analyzes results of public review, revises draft, and approves second draft of Science Curriculum Framework for public review.

June – July, 2016

Second 60-day public review period of Science Curriculum Framework.

September/November 2016

SBE to take action on the proposed Science Curriculum Framework. - Action could be delayed to as long as January 2017 if needed.

October 21 - 23, 2016

CSTA Annual California Science Education Conference – Palm Springs, CA



2017 and beyond

NGSS Implementation Phase – expand professional learning support, fully align curriculum, instruction, and assessments, and effectively integrate these across the field.


Anticipated Pilot Testing Year for NGSS Assessments.

May, 2017

5th, 8th, and 10th graders take existing CST/CMA/CAPA science test.

2017 – 2018

Anticipated Field Testing Year for NGSS Assessments.

November 2018*

PROPOSED: Instructional materials adoption by SBE.

2018 - 2019

Anticipated Administration of Operational NGSS Science Assessments

*These dates are not firm and will require action by the legislature and state board of education before they can be considered confirmed.