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Science

Resources and information for enhancing the content knowledge and teaching skills of classroom teachers and links to foundational documents which guide California's science instruction.

Next Generation Science Standards for California

Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) for California
Resources and information on the Conceptual Framework and on the development of the NGSS.

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)
Information and resources on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education.

Environmental Science/Environmental Education

Environmental Science/Environmental Education
Current environmental education resources, special events, grant opportunities, and a state plan for environment-based education.

Professional Development

California Mathematics and Science Partnership (CaMSP)
Enhancing content knowledge and teaching skills of classroom teachers in mathematics and science.

National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS)

Professional Development Resources
These links are created and maintained by outside sources and are not part of the CDE.

Professional Development Events
Please refer to the CDE Conference Calendar for upcoming professional development events.

Resources

A Framework for K-12 Science Education External link opens in new window or tab.
Released July 19, 2011, the framework provides a research-grounded basis for improving science teaching and learning across the country. It is intended to guide standards developers, curriculum designers, assessment developers, state and district science administrators, professionals responsible for science teacher education, and science educators working in informal settings.

Achieve, Inc. - Next Generation Science Standards External link opens in new window or tab.
A joint effort between Achieve, the National Science Teachers Association, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the National Research Council created the foundations for the NGSS.

2003 Science Framework (PDF; 6MB) for California Public Schools, Kindergarten Through Grade Twelve
The standards-based framework is available as a free download, or the printed version can be purchased from the California Department of Education (CDE) Educational Resource Catalog.

Education Conference Calendar
Statewide and national education conferences.

Instructional Materials
List of approved materials and programs.

Recommended Literature: Prekindergarten Through Grade Twelve
Searchable database and other resources for science- and mathematics-related literature.

Parent Handbook for Science (DOC; Posted 12-Mar-2008) | PDF
The handbook includes suggestions for home or family activities, resources to help students, and an overview of California’s science curriculum and requirements in science for high school graduation requirements and college/university admission.

Presidential Awards for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching
The nation's highest honor for teachers of science and mathematics.

Science Content Standards
California State Board of Education-adopted science content standards.

Science Safety Handbook for California Public Schools (PDF; 3MB)
Information to help make your kindergarten through grade twelve science environment safe.

Science Safety Handbook Addendum
This document contains important updates to the Science Safety Handbook regarding the move to the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals; corrections to the maximum occupant load factor for science labs; and information about the toxicity of certain chemicals.

Strategic Teaching and Learning
Standards-based instruction to promote content literacy in grades four through twelve.

Assessment and Accountability

Graduation Requirements
Students must complete at least two yearlong courses, including biological and physical sciences.

Preparation in Natural Science for Entering College Students External link opens in new window or tab.
This is a joint document of the Intersegmental Committee of the Academic Senates of the University of California, California State University, and California Community College systems. The report recommends that high school students take at least one year of Biology, one year of Chemistry, and one year of Physics.

NCLB Teacher Requirements Resource Guide
The guide explains how to use Title II, Part A funds effectively to ensure that all teachers are highly qualified, a critical component of the No Child Left Behind Act.

Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) Test Blueprints
STAR blueprints for standards-based items. Additional information on assessment.

Program Contacts

Assessment: Assessment Office; star@cde.ca.gov; 916-445-8765
Curriculum Support: Lisa Fassett; lfassett@cde.ca.gov; 916-323-4963
Environmental Science/Education: STEM Office; stem@cde.ca.gov; 916-323-5847
Framework: Kristen Cruz Allen; kcruzallen@cde.ca.gov 916-323-4867
Instructional Materials: Cliff Rudnick; crudnick@cde.ca.gov; 916-319-0736
Professional Development: Lisa Fassett; lfassett@cde.ca.gov; 916-323-4963
Title II, Part A: Juan Sanchez; jsanchez@cde.ca.gov; 916-319-0452

Questions:   STEM | stem@cde.ca.gov | 916-323-5847
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