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NGSS for California Public Schools, K-12

Learning Progressions for Elementary (K-5), Middle (6-8) and High School (9-12) Science.

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 California 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.

The California Next Generation Science Standards (CA NGSS) can be viewed by grade level Disciplinary Core Ideas (DCI): Life Sciences, Earth and Space Sciences, and Physical Sciences or by grade level Topic (e.g.: Chemical Reactions, Structure and Function, or Space Systems).

California additions to the NGSS are identified in red boldface text and were incorporated by the California Science Expert Review Panel. One California clarification statement can be found in each of the following standards: 4-LS1-1, 4-PS3-1, 5-PS1-4, 5-ESS1-1, 5-ESS2-1, MS-LS1-1, HS-ESS2-6

Standards arranged by Disciplinary Core Ideas (Life, Earth and Space, and Physical Science)

Standards arranged by Topic (e.g.: Chemical Reactions, Structure and Function, or Space Systems)

NGSS Middle School Grades 6-8

These documents provide middle school educators the rationale and the CA NGSS for the preferred Integrated Learning Progression Course for middle grades six through eight and the Alternative Discipline Specific Courses for grades six through eight. The documents also describe learning progressions for each grade level.

Preferred Integrated Learning Progression Course (DOC)

Standards arranged by Disciplinary Core Ideas Standards arranged by Topic
Grade 6 (DOC) Grade 6 (DOC)
Grade 7 (DOC)

Grade 7 (DOC)

Grade 8 (DOC) Grade 8 (DOC)

Alternative Discipline Specific Course (DOC)

NGSS High School Grades 9-12

Standards arranged by Disciplinary Core Ideas (Life, Earth and Space, and Physical Science)

Grades 9-12 (DOC)

Standards arranged by Topic (e.g.; Chemical Reactions, Structure and Function, or Space Systems)

Grades 9-12 (DOC)

NGSS Appendices A-M

The NGSS Appendices A-M External link opens in new window or tab. were adopted to assist teachers in the implementation of NGSS and in the development of the new science curriculum framework.

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