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Next Generation Science Standards

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

Call for Public Comment on Next Generation Science Standards Systems Implementation Plan for California

As required by EC Section 60605.85 (b), the SSPI will submit a schedule and implementation plan for integrating the adopted science content standards to the state educational system.

The first draft (PDF) of the State Implementation Plan for California Next Generation Science Standards for Public Schools, Grades Kindergarten through Grade Twelve is available for public review and comment.

Please submit comments to ngss@cde.ca.gov by close of business Monday, August 25, 2014.


A pre-publication version of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) for California Public Schools, Kindergarten through Grade Twelve can be viewed by grade level Disciplinary Cord Ideas (DCI): Life Sciences, Earth and Space Sciences, and Physical Sciences or by grade level Topic (example: Chemical Reactions, Structure and Function, or Space Systems).


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 pre-publication version of the standards.

At the same November SBE meeting, the SBE approved a recommendation by the State Superintendent of Public Instruction (SSPI) to reconvene the SEP in order “to develop … as an alternative model … a discipline specific model” for the grade span of six through eight. The model was to be based upon the guidance for developing a domain specific model as outlined by Achieve in the NGSS Appendix K.

The SBE’s clear intent in their November action was for there to be one Integrated NGSS Model in California for grades six through eight that was preferred by the SSPI and the Board, and one Discipline Specific NGSS Model in California for grades six through eight, as an alternate.

In December 2013, the SEP reconvened to develop an alternative domain specific course model of the NGSS.

Through an online survey, the California Department of Education (CDE) requested input from California middle grades science teachers, administrators, and others in the public as to which of the three potential NGSS discipline specific model options proposed by the SEP they believed would be best for California as an alternative to the preferred NGSS Integrated Model for grades six through eight.

The CDE would like to thank all those who participated.

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Developing a New Science Framework to Align with NGSS

SB 300 (Chapter 480, Statutes of 2013) calls for the revision of the Science Framework to align with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). This important document will provide guidance for implementing the NGSS standards. Visit the Curriculum Frameworks-Science page to learn more about how to be involved in the development process.

Next Generation Science Standards Resources

Next Generation Science Standards External link opens in new window or tab.
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.

Per Assembly Bill 484 (2013) External link opens in new window or tab. , California students will be assessed during the 2013-14 school year in grades five (for fourth and fifth grade science content), eight (sixth through eighth grade science content), and ten (life science content). These assessments will be based on the 1998 California Science Standards.

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

National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) External link opens in new window or tab.
The National Science Teachers Association offers numerous resources to assist educators in the understanding of the Conceptual Framework and Next Generation Science Standards.

Conceptual Framework for the Next Generation K-12 Science Standards External link opens in new window or tab.
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.

Opportunity Equation: Transforming Mathematics and Science Education for Citizenship and the Global Economy External link opens in new window or tab.
The set of recommendations for standards drawn from this June 2009 report by the Carnegie Corporation of New York - Institute for Advanced Study Commission on Mathematics and Science Education served as the underpinning for the Conceptual Framework for the Next Generation K-12 Science Standards.

Webinars and Presentations

NSTA, Next Generation Science Standards Web Seminar Series External link opens in new window or tab.
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.

NGSS 101 (PDF)
On October 16, 2013, Phil Lafontaine, Director of the Professional Learning Support Division of the CDE, and Kathy DiRanna, WestEd's K-12 Alliance Statewide Director, conducted a webinar of an overview of the development of the NGSS and middle grades pathway for grades 6-8.

Next Generation Science Standards Presentation to the SBE
On May 9, 2012, Stephen Pruitt, Vice President, Content, Research, and Development, at Achieve, Inc., presented at the California SBE meeting to discuss the development and content of the NGSS. You may view the archived presentation of the SBE Meeting May 9, 2012 (WMV; 07:40:01); Item 2 begins at the 22:15 mark.

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.

History of Adoption of NGSS for California

After a two-year development process, including two public comment periods, the proposed NGSS for California Public Schools were presented to the California SBE on July 10, 2013, for consideration of adoption. After presentations by Phil Lafontaine, Director of the Professional Learning Support Division at the CDE, members of the California Science Expert Panel (SEP), and public input, the SBE decided to defer action until the September 4, 2013, meeting. This decision was made to allow time for information to be shared with teachers and the public about the proposed standards and more time to gather responses from those groups.

Multiple organizations from around the state hosted information sessions regarding the arrangement and rationale of the proposed middle school learning progressions, specifically grades 6-8.

Public Meetings

California Education Code Section 60605.85 required the State Superintendent of Public Instruction (SSPI) in consultation with the SBE, to convene a group of science experts. The Superintendent and the Science Expert Panel (SEP) shall recommend science content standards for adoption to the SBE and shall utilize the NGSS as the basis for their deliberations and recommendations to the SBE. The Superintendent is required to hold a minimum of two public meetings pursuant to the Bagley-Keene Open Meeting Act in order for the public to provide input on the science content standards that would be recommended.

The SEP meetings took place on April 22, 2013, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; and April 23, 2013, from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. SEP meetings were held May 13-14, 2013, and June 3-4, 2013. The April 22-23, and June 3-4 meetings were held at WestEd, 1000 G Street, Suite 500, Sacramento, CA 95814-0892. The May 13-14 meeting was held at the Hilton Sacramento Arden West External link opens in new window or tab., 2200 Harvard St, Sacramento, California, 95815-3306. All SEP meetings are open to the public.

The CDE and the California Comprehensive Center facilitated three regional public meetings for members of the public to submit feedback on the NGSS. The meeting on April 30, 2013 was broadcast by live webinar. The meeting dates, times, and locations are listed below and are also available to download in a flyer (DOC). The agenda for all three meetings is also available.

April 29, 2013, 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. ±

Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE) External link opens in new window or tab.
10474 Mather Boulevard
Mather, CA 95655

Contact:
Phil Romig
Curriculum Specialist, K-12 Curriculum and Intervention / Science
916-228-2275
SCOE Meeting Agenda

April 30, 2013, 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. ±

Santa Clara County Office of Education (SCCOE)
1290 Ridder Park Drive
San Jose, CA 95131-2304

Webinar Page External link opens in new window or tab.

Registration Page External link opens in new window or tab.

Contact:
Sandi Yellenberg, Coordinator, Science
408-453-6692
SCCOE Meeting Agenda

May 2, 2013, 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. ±

Riverside County Office of Education (RCOE) External link opens in new window or tab.
3939 Thirteenth Street
Riverside, CA 92501

Contact:
Yamileth Shimojyo, Coordinator, Instructional Services
951-600-5658
RCOE Meeting Agenda

California’s Next Generation Science Standards Science Expert Panel

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson has convened a Science Expert Panel (SEP) to recommend new Science Content Standards for California Public Schools, Kindergarten through Grade Twelve based upon the nationally developed Next Generation Science Standards as required by Education Code (EC) Section 60605.85.

Convener

Liaisons from the SBE

Members of the Science Expert Panel

WestEd Staff

California Department of Education Staff

Historical Resources

California Alternative Discipline Specific Model for Grades Six through Eight (DOC)

Sixth Grade Rationale for Integrated Course Model - July 29, 2013 (DOC)

Seventh Grade Rationale for Integrated Course Model - July 29, 2013 (DOC)

Eighth Grade Rationale for Integrated Course Model - July 29, 2013 (DOC)

State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Announces State Approves Middle Grade Recommendations for Modern Science Standards
This is the News Release on the approval of the integrated learning progression as the preferred model for middle grades six through eight.

State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Announces State Adopts Next Generation Science Standards
This is the News Release on California’s adoption of the Next Generation Science Standards for grades kindergarten through grade twelve.

State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Announces California Will Lead Effort in Writing New National Science Standards
This is the News Release on California's participation in the development of the Next Generation Science Standards.

Development Process External link opens in new window or tab.
Alternative Accessible Version of the Timeline for the Development of NGSS Standards
The Next Generation Science Standards will go through several rounds of review with multiple stakeholder groups. The general process and timeline for the development of the standards are available at this site.

NGSS Development Timeline (PDF)
Alternative Accessible Version of the NGSS Development Timeline
This is a timeline of the development and adoption process for new science standards in California.

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