March/April 2017 – Vol. 29 No. 6

State Board to Get a Look at the State’s First Draft NGSS Implementation Plan

Posted: Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

On Wednesday, May 7, 2014 the California State Board of Education (SBE) will receive a presentation of the first draft of the state’s NGSS Implementation Plan. The state’s Strategic Leadership Team (SLT) comprised of CDE staff, representatives from education organizations including K-12 Alliance of WestEd, CSTA, and California Science Project (CSP), business representatives, and representatives of each level of education pre-K – post-secondary.

What follows is text from the agenda item (Item 5) that will be presented to the SBE on Thursday. No action will be taken by the SBE at this meeting. A preliminary draft will be presented to the SBE in July 2014 for discussion; a revised draft, if appropriate, based on SBE input will be presented to the SBE for approval in September 2014. If you would like to view the presentation of the agenda item, you may do so in person by attending the meeting in Sacramento or watch the meeting online. A copy of the implementation timeline as presented in this document is available here.

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The State Implementation Plan for CA NGSS is based on the strategies utilized in developing the state’s implementation plan for California Common Core Standards and the English Language Development Standards. An additional strategy was added to foster strong community coalition for and commitment for support of high quality science education in all grades, Kindergarten through grade 12. These strategies include:

  • Facilitate high quality professional learning opportunities for educators to ensure that every student has access to teachers who are prepared to teach to the levels of rigor and depth required by the NGSS.
  • Provide NGSS-aligned instructional resources designed to meet the diverse needs of all students.
  • Develop and transition to NGSS-aligned assessment systems to inform instruction, establish priorities for professional learning, and provide tools for accountability.
  • Collaborate with parents, guardians, and the early childhood and extended learning communities to integrate the NGSS into programs and activities beyond the K–12 school setting.
  • Collaborate with the postsecondary and business communities and additional stakeholders to ensure that all students are prepared for success in career and college.
  • Seek, create, and disseminate resources to support stakeholders as NGSS systems implementation moves forward.
  • Design and establish systems of effective communication among stakeholders to continuously identify areas of need and disseminate information.
  • Build coalitions to ensure the message of importance for science education, grades Kindergarten through grade 8 and to sustain momentum during implementation of NGSS.  

For the complete information and the full text of the agenda item, visit the State Board of Education’s website.

Written by California Science Teachers Association

California Science Teachers Association

CSTA represents science educators statewide—in every science discipline at every grade level, Kindergarten through University.

4 Responses

  1. I sure hope they fix the confusing elementary grade space sciences standards. The last draft I saw had a disagreement between the title, which implied the entire solar system, and the specific standards, which seem to exclude anything celestial that can’t be seen by naked eye from Earth.

  2. Dear Susan,

    The standards are approved and in their final format. There will not be any edits to the standards for some time. Legislative action would be required to modify the standards as approved by the state board in September 2013. I hope this information helps.

    Jessica Sawko – CSTA

  3. Did the SBE look at an alternative option to middle school integration for NGSS at May meeting? I did not find that on the agenda. I filled out the survey. The CDE NGSS webpage says that the advisory board would notify the SBE of their choice at the May Mtg.

  4. Dear Karla,
    The State Board was notified via an informational memo prior to the board meeting. A copy is available here: http://www.cde.ca.gov/be/pn/im/documents/memoilsbplsd-apr14item02.doc (Source: http://www.cde.ca.gov/be/pn/im/infomemoapr2014.asp)
    See also: http://www.classroomscience.org/cde-posts-alternate-discipline-specific-middle-grades-learning-progression
    and http://www.cde.ca.gov/pd/ca/sc/ngssstandards.asp.
    I learned yesterday that one of the PEs is missing from the seventh grade document, CDE indicated that they would post a correction soon.

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Posted: Monday, March 27th, 2017

The California Science Teachers Association (CSTA) stands with our science and science education colleagues in endorsing the March For Science and its associated activities.

The decision by the CSTA Board of Directors to support the March for Science was based on the understanding that this is an opportunity to advocate for our mission of high quality science education for all and to advance the idea that science has application to everyday life, is a vehicle for lifelong learning, and the scientific enterprise expands our knowledge of the world around us. The principles and goals of the March for Science parallel those of CSTA to assume a leadership role in solidarity with our colleagues in science and science education and create an understanding of the value of science in the greater community. CSTA believes that the integrity of the nature of science and that the work of scientists and science educators should be valued and supported. We encourage your participation to stand with us.

There are over 30 satellite marches planned for the April 22, 2017 March for Science in California (to find a march near you, click on “marches” in the upper right of the main page, select “satellite marches” and use the search feature). We encourage members who participate in the March for Science to share their involvement and promotion of science and science education. Feel free to promote CSTA on your signs and banners. For those on social media, you may share your involvement via Twitter, @cascience and our Facebook groups.

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CSTA represents science educators statewide—in every science discipline at every grade level, Kindergarten through University.

California Science Curriculum Framework Now Available

Posted: Tuesday, March 14th, 2017

The pre-publication version of the new California Science Curriculum Framework is now available for download. This publication incorporates all the edits that were approved by the State Board of Education in November 2016 and was many months in the making. Our sincere thanks to the dozens of CSTA members were involved in its development. Our appreciation is also extended to the California Department of Education, the State Board of Education, the Instructional Quality Commission, and the Science Curriculum Framework and Evaluation Criteria Committee and their staff for their hard work and dedication to produce this document and for their commitment to the public input process. To the many writers and contributors to the Framework CSTA thanks you for your many hours of work to produce a world-class document.

For tips on how to approach this document see our article from December 2016: California Has Adopted a New Science Curriculum Framework – Now What …? If you would like to learn more about the Framework, consider participating in one of the Framework Launch events (a.k.a. Rollout #4) scheduled throughout 2017.

The final publication version (formatted for printing) will be available in July 2017. This document will not be available in printed format, only electronically.

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CSTA represents science educators statewide—in every science discipline at every grade level, Kindergarten through University.

Call for CSTA Awards Nominations

Posted: Monday, March 13th, 2017

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CSTA represents science educators statewide—in every science discipline at every grade level, Kindergarten through University.

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Posted: Monday, March 13th, 2017

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CSTA represents science educators statewide—in every science discipline at every grade level, Kindergarten through University.

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Posted: Monday, March 13th, 2017

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