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2016 Science Framework

The curriculum framework was adopted by the State Board of Education on November 3, 2016. This is the final published version.

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State Board of Education Policy on the Teaching of Natural Sciences (PDF)

Front Matter (PDF)

Foreword (PDF)

Acknowledgments (PDF)

Chapter 1: Overview of the California Next Generation Science Standards (PDF; 3MB)

Chapter 2: Transitional Kindergarten (PDF)

Chapter 3: Kindergarten Through Grade Two (PDF; 4MB)

Chapter 4: Grades Three Through Five (PDF; 8MB)

Chapter 5: Preferred Integrated Course Model for Grades Six Through Eight (PDF; 11MB)

Chapter 6: Discipline Specific Course Model for Grades Six Through Eight (PDF; 9MB)

Chapter 7: High School Three-Course Model (PDF; 20MB)

Chapter 8: High School Four-Course Model (PDF; 23MB)

Chapter 9: Assessment (PDF; 3MB)

Chapter 10: Access and Equity (PDF; 1MB)

Chapter 11: Instructional Strategies for CA NGSS Teaching and Learning in the Twenty-First Century (PDF; 2MB)

Chapter 12: Implementing High-Quality Science Instruction: Professional Learning, Leadership, and Supports (PDF; 1MB)

Chapter 13: Instructional Resources to Support the Next Generation Science Standards for California Public Schools (PDF)

Appendix 1: Progression of the Science and Engineering Practices, Disciplinary Core Ideas, and Crosscutting Concepts in Kindergarten Through Grade Twelve (PDF)

Appendix 2: Connections to Environmental Principles and Concepts (PDF)

Appendix 3: Computer Science in Science (PDF)

Appendix 4: High School Three-Year Model: Every Science, Every Year (PDF; 3MB)

Appendix 5: Recommended Literature for the Science Classroom (PDF)

Glossary Part 1 (PDF)

Glossary Part 2 (PDF)

Science Resources (PDF)

Science Framework Long Descriptions

Science Framework Resources Links

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Last Reviewed: Thursday, February 29, 2024