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California's New Standards for Science

An explanation of California's Next Generation Science Standards.

A number of states across the nation have adopted the same standards since 2013 for science. These standards are called the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Having the same standards helps all students get a good education, even if they change schools or move to a different state. Science teachers, parents, and education experts designed the standards to prepare students for success in college and the workplace.

The State Board of Education adopted these new standards in 2013, which describe what students should know and be able to do in science in each grade.

California's new science standards replace the old method of rote memorization and help students develop critical thinking skills. The new science standards integrate engineering and science practices to help students understand what they are learning and the world around them.

For more detailed information, visit the Next Generation Science Standards Web page.

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Last Reviewed: Friday, July 29, 2016
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