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Next Generation Science Standards

Latest information on the Conceptual Framework and implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards.

On September 4, 2013, the State Board of Education (SBE) adopted the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) for California Public Schools, Kindergarten through Grade Twelve as required by Education Code 60605.85. The NGSS Appendices A-M were also adopted to assist teachers in the implementation of the new science standards and to aid in the development of the new science curriculum framework.

On November 6, 2013, the SBE approved the Science Expert Panel’s (SEP) recommended Integrated Learning Progression model as the preferred model for middle grades six through eight. The SBE also authorized the SEP to develop an alternate discipline specific model based on Achieve’s domains model in Appendix K. Both of these models for the middle grades can also be found in the NGSS for California Public Schools, Kindergarten through Grade Twelve online version of the standards.

A final version of the NGSS Implementation Plan (PDF), approved by the SBE on November 13, 2014, is now available.

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Developing a New Science Framework to Align with NGSS

Visit the Curriculum Frameworks-Science page to learn more about the development process.

Next Generation Science Standards Resources

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This is the official Web site for information on the national Next Generation Science Standards. Forty-one members of a core writing team worked with 26 Lead State Partners in the development of the new science standards. The draft standards were available for public comment in May 2012 and January 2013.

Frequently Asked Questions
Answers to frequently asked questions about the NGSS.

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The National Science Teachers Association offers numerous resources to assist educators in the understanding of the Conceptual Framework and Next Generation Science Standards.

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Released July 19, 2011, this national 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.

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NSTA offers free web seminars to help science educators increase their understanding of the standards and implement NGSS in the classroom. There is information about additional NSTA resources External link opens in new window or tab. available.

Next Generation Science Standards (PPT)
Accessible Alternative Version of the NGSS Presentation
At the Wednesday, May 8, 2013 SBE meeting, Stephen Pruitt, Senior Vice President from Achieve, Inc., shared an overview of the development of the NGSS. The NGSS update was Item 10 on the agenda, and can be viewed. Item 10 begins at the 2:24:40 mark.

The history of the NGSS is located on the History of Adoption of NGSS for California Web page.

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Last Reviewed: Tuesday, November 10, 2015

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