May/June 2017 – Vol. 29 No. 7

NGSS Implementation Update

Posted: Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

by Jessica Sawko

The following provides updates on the status of various aspects of implementing the Next Generation Science Standards in California. Topics covered are statewide assessments for science, curriculum framework development, and NGSS professional learning opportunities.

Assessment

July 15 – 18, 2014 two two-day meetings of science education stakeholders will be held in Sacramento to start the process that was set forth in legislation (AB 484) last year to develop new statewide assessment for science that will comply with federal assessment requirements and align with the Next Generation Science Standards for California Public Schools. The participants of the stakeholder meeting are California science teachers, individuals with expertise in assessing English learners and pupils with disabilities, parents, and measurement experts. There will be several CSTA members serving as participants in the stakeholder meetings. Our thanks goes to those members who answered CSTA’s call for volunteers and are committing two days of their summer to participate in these important meetings.

In addition to discussing the federally required assessments, the stakeholder groups will discuss potential additional assessments as outlined in AB 484. These stakeholder groups will inform the recommendation that the Superintendent of Public Instruction will make to the State Board of Education regarding future of statewide science assessments. Until new assessments are in place, the CST science assessments (based on the 1998 standards) in grades 5, 8, and 10 will continue.

Curriculum Framework

At the July 10, 2014 meeting of the State Board of Education (SBE), the SBE will vote to appoint the members of the Curriculum Framework and Evaluation Criteria Committee (CFCC). CSTA is pleased to report that there are many CSTA members who are on the list that has been approved and recommended by the Instructional Quality Commission (IQC). The CFCC will play a significant role in the revision of the Science Framework for California Public Schools, Kindergarten Through Grade Twelve (Science Framework). CFCC members will be required to come the meetings having read and responded to draft chapters of the framework, provide additional input and resources for the chapters, and in some cases they may be called upon to provide text for the chapters as well.

The following is a list of CSTA members who are being recommended for appointment to the CFCC – CSTA thanks you for volunteering your time for this important work:

  • Robert Sherriff (co-chair)
  • Jo Topps
  • Susan Gomez-Zwiep
  • Juanita Chan
  • Nicole Hawke
  • Lisa Hegdahl
  • Stephanie Pechan
  • David Tupper
  • Anthony Quan
  • Jeanine Wulfenstein
  • John Galisky

The work of the writers of the Science Framework and CFCC will be guided by the framework guidelines that will also be considered by the SBE at the July 10 meeting. These guidelines were developed from the Framework Focus Groups (see reports from Focus Groups #1 and #3) and additional public comments received via email and during the meeting of the IQC to approve the recommendations. A complete copy of the Focus Group report and public comments received is available online.

NGSS Professional Learning Opportunities

The NSTA/CSTA Blended Learning Experience: Shifting Instruction Through Practices: NGSS and Common Core in California Schools which commenced with a webinar on June 17, 2014 and was scheduled to continue this July has, due to unforeseen circumstances, been re-scheduled as follows:

  • Kick-Off: December 6, 2014, Long Beach
  • Web Seminar: Spring 2015
  • Face-to-Face Summer Institutes (one of two in either San Francisco Bay Area or Anaheim) Summer 2015

CSTA and NSTA will keep you posted on the future dates for this professional learning opportunity.

CSTA and CASCD have teamed up to offer three one-day introductory level workshops for teachers and administrators, Introduction to the NGSS: A Paradigm Shift in Teaching and Learning:

NGSS State Roll-Out Symposium #1, brought to you by K-12 Alliance/WestEd, California Science Project, California Science Teachers Association, Curriculum and Instruction Steering Committee, and the California Department of Education:

CSTA will provide an update on the State Implementation Plan when information becomes available, sometime this coming Auguste or September.

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Written by Jessica Sawko

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Jessica Sawko is CSTA’s Executive Director.

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  1. As a retired teacher of 45 classroom years, I still have a great interest in curriculum. Our last set of standards slipped by too fast and we were saddled with some real challenges. I am interested in what is currently happening and just missed the discussion sessions last year on the new ones. I would be willing to assist or participate in working with these.
    In our district I played a role in teacher training seminars for over 20 years. A bit of that may still be in me.

  2. Hi Joe,

    Thank you for your offer of assistance and participation – there will be a good deal of work to be done in the next year on the curriculum framework. If you are interested in volunteering to support the work of CSTA on this, I encourage you to re-join CSTA (we offered a retired membership at a discount over the regular membership rate). After you re-join, you will be added to the member roster that receives our call for volunteer opportunities relating to NGSS. You can join online: http://www.cascience.org/csta/aboutMembership.asp.

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