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Next Generation Science Standards
Timeline for New Science Standards for California

Last updated February 20, 2015

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.

2013 – 2016

NGSS Awareness Phase - represents an introduction to the CA NGSS, the initial planning of systems implementation, and establishment of collaborations.

September, 2014 – May, 2015

Framework committee works on revision of the Science Curriculum Framework. Meeting Dates: September 9-10; October 9-10; November 5-6; January 22-23 and March 26-27; and May 20-21.

May, 2015

5th, 8th, and 10th graders take existing CST/CMA/CAPA science test. - Test scores will be reported to parents but will not be a part of the 2014/2015 API

August 28, 2015*

PROPOSED: IQC Science Subject Matter Committee (SMC) reviews draft Science Curriculum Framework.

September 24-25, 2015*

PROPOSED: Draft Science Curriculum Framework approved by IQC for public review.

October 2 – 4, 2015

CSTA Annual California Science Education Conference – Sacramento, CA

October – November, 2015*

PROPOSED: First 60-day public review period of Science Curriculum Framework.

January 31, 2016

Current deadline for SBE to approve curriculum Science Curriculum Framework per SB 300 (Hancock, 2013)

February, 2016

IQC Science SMC reviews results of public review of Science Curriculum Framework and makes edit recommendations.

 

 

2015-2018

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

April - December 2015

NGSS Statewide Rollout #2 - various dates and locations.

March, 2016

Deadline for the SSPI to submit plan for science assessments not required by the Federal government.

May 19 - 20, 2016*

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

May, 2016

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

June – July, 2016*

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

September 2016*

PROPOSED: SBE to take action on the proposed Science Curriculum Framework.

 

 

2016 and beyond

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

2016-2017

Anticipated Pilot Testing Year for NGSS Assessment.

May, 2017

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

2017 – 2018

Anticipated Field Testing Year for NGSS Assessment.

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.