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Implementation of the CA NGSS

Information on the Next Generation Science Standards for California Public Schools, Kindergarten Through Grade Twelve (CA NGSS).

The State Board of Education (SBE) adoption of new California science standards began in 2013. Adoption of the CA NGSS involved a two-year process.

A statewide plan to implement the Next Generation Science Standards for California Public Schools, Kindergarten through Grade Twelve (CA NGSS), the CA NGSS Systems Implementation Plan (PDF) was approved by the SBE on November 13, 2014.

Senate Bill 300 (Chapter 480, Statutes of 2013) called for the revision of the Science Framework to align with the CA NGSS. A new Science Curriculum Framework was adopted by the State Board of Education on November 3, 2016.

Information and resources for instructional materials are available on the California Department of Education 2018 Science Instructional Materials Adoption (K–8) web page.

CA NGSS Statewide Implementation

A number of state-level California agencies and organizations participate in supporting science education in California. In brief:

  • The California Department of Education (CDE) provides technical assistance and support to local educational agencies (LEAs) regarding implementation of SBE-adopted science standards, curriculum frameworks, and assessments. The CDE also facilitates the dissemination of state and federal funding to support implementation of science.
  • The California County Superintendents Educational Services Association (CCSESA) and the Curriculum and Instruction Steering Committee (CISC) Science Subcommittee provide collaborative leadership among county offices of education (COEs) to improve achievement in science education for all students and to close the achievement gap.
  • The California Science Project (CSP) supports ongoing quality professional learning for educators with activities and programs designed by university faculty, teacher leaders, and teacher practitioners to improve instructional practices that lead to increased achievement for all students.
  • The California Science Teachers Association (CSTA) represents science educators statewide, providing leadership opportunities for its members, advocating for policy to support science education, and supporting science professional development through an annual state conference for science educators.
  • The K–12 Alliance at WestEd provides science professional development for educators that enhances content knowledge and pedagogical techniques to support science achievement for all students.

The NGSS Collaborative

The NGSS Collaborative was developed by the CDE, CCSESA, CSTA, California COEs, CSP, and the K–12 Alliance at WestEd to ensure that every student has access to teachers who are prepared to teach and facilitate student learning to the levels of rigor and depth required by the CA NGSS. The NGSS Collaborative offers the CA NGSS Rollout Symposia (rollouts) annually. These rollouts are two-day workshops which cover a variety of topics for teachers, principals, and other school leaders who wish to learn more about the CA NGSS and the California Science Framework. Rollouts to date include Introduction to the CA NGSS, Understanding the Shifts Required, Focus on Transition, and Understanding the Science Framework. To support local adoption of instructional materials, the 2018 rollout focused on a Toolkit for Instructional Materials Evaluation (TIME). The 2019 rollout will focus on the CA NGSS and environmental literacy.

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History of Adoption of NGSS for California

The history of the NGSS is located on the History of Adoption of NGSS for California web page.

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Last Reviewed: Tuesday, December 31, 2019