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CCSS Update: Volume II, Issue 27, Sept. 17, 2013

The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) Update includes information regarding the implementation of the CCSS.

Science Special

California Becomes Sixth State to Adopt the NGSS

At the September 4, 2013 State Board of Education (SBE) meeting, SBE members voted unanimously to adopt the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) for California Public Schools, Kindergarten through Grade Twelve as the new Science Content Standards for California. Included in the adoption are the NGSS Appendices A through M. At the November 6–7, 2013 SBE meeting, members will consider adopting the proposed middle grades 6–8 learning progression. This winter, State Superintendent of Public Instruction (SSPI) Tom Torlakson will convene a team to design the NGSS for California Implementation Plan. To remain apprised of NGSS related updates, please send a blank e-mail to

Opportunity to Participate

1st Annual California STEM Symposium: Sacramento Convention Center on November 18 & 19, 2013

The Californians Dedicated to Education Foundation, in cooperation with SSPI Tom Torlakson and the Commission on the Status of Women and Girls, is proud to bring you the 1st Annual California Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Symposium on November 18 and 19, 2013, at the Sacramento Convention Center. This symposium will bring together teachers, administrators, students, higher education representatives, program providers, philanthropic representatives, and industry representatives to engage them in STEM education by providing strategies and resources for program implementation. It will highlight classroom innovation from across the state and student teams to showcase critical thinking, problem solving, and teamwork. Keynote speakers are Sugata Mitra, Geena Davis, Kenneth Wesson, Jose Hernandez, and Thomas Suarez.

With the implementation of Common Core State Standards and NGSS, now is the time to help schools develop robust and coordinated STEM programs that are relevant and engaging to all students. Information and registration forms are available on the CDE Foundation Web site. [This event has passed.]

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