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Science CFCC Guidelines

The SBE-approved guidelines for the Science Curriculum Framework and Evaluation Criteria Committee.

Curriculum Framework and Evaluation Criteria Committee Guidelines for the Science Framework for California Public Schools, Kindergarten through Grade Twelve

(Approved by the State Board of Education March 11, 2009)

The following guidelines are based on statutory requirements, information provided at the January 2009 meetings of the Curriculum Development and Supplemental Materials Commission (Curriculum Commission) and the State Board of Education (SBE), feedback from the four focus group meetings held in October 2008, and public comment.

The guidelines recommended by the Curriculum Commission and approved by the SBE will direct the work of the Curriculum Framework and Evaluation Criteria Committee (CFCC).

  1. In general, the updated Science Framework for California Public Schools, Kindergarten through Grade Twelve (Science Framework) shall:
  1. Revise the chapter on assessments, including the integral role of Investigation and Experimentation standards as part of assessments.

The framework should include different types of assessments that test student mastery of higher order thinking skills. The chapter should include the following information:

  1. Update the chapter on universal access, to include strategies for differentiating instruction to meet the needs of all students, including English learner (ELs), students with disabilities, and advanced students. This chapter should support teachers in providing standards-aligned instruction to all learners to close the achievement gap.

The CFCC should use universal access chapters from recent frameworks as models, with adaptations for those elements that are unique to science instruction. This chapter should include the following information:

  1. Revise the chapter on instructional strategies and professional development, to provide guidance to both new and experienced teachers of science.

This chapter should include the following information:

  1. Update the narrative to reflect current and confirmed scholarly research in science, and changes in California and the United States since the last edition of the Science Framework was published, including stem cell research.
  2. Add new material to reflect new scholarship and new emphases in science education.
  1. Statutory Requirements

The framework update must reflect changes in statute affecting the science curriculum and instructional materials that have been enacted since the last revision of the Science Framework, in addition to continuing statutes. These statutes require that certain topics may need to be referenced in the Science Framework. These include, but are not necessarily limited to, the following topics:

The Curriculum Commission and the SBE direct the CFCC to incorporate the following topics, referenced in code and required in instructional materials, into the evaluation criteria for kindergarten through grade eight:

Questions:   Curriculum Frameworks and Instructional Resources Division | CFIRD@cde.ca.gov | 916-319-0881
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