May/June 2017 – Vol. 29 No. 7

Your Opportunity to Weigh-In on the Future of California’s Assessment System

Posted: Sunday, April 1st, 2012

Opportunity to Attend Assembly Bill 250 Public Meetings – Six Locations Statewide – Assembly Bill 250 (Chapter 608, Statutes of 2011), signed into law on October 8, 2011, requires the State Superintendent of Public Instruction to consult with specific stakeholder groups in developing recommendations for the reauthorization of the statewide pupil assessment system. The recommendations will include, but not be limited to, a plan for transitioning to a system of high-quality assessments and shall consider the sixteen areas outlined in statute in the reauthorized assessment system (including the assessment of science in all grade levels at or above grade 4 and incorporating a variety of item types and formats, including, but not limited to, open-ended responses and performance-based tasks).

Members of the public have the opportunity to provide input regarding the reauthorization of California’s statewide pupil assessment system. Meetings are scheduled around the state in six different locations during the months of April and May 2012. Members of the public are welcome to provide comments during the meeting. Information gathered by members of the public, at each meeting, will be considered to inform the reauthorization of the statewide assessment system project.

Public meetings are planned for the following dates and locations:

AB 250: Reauthorization of Statewide Pupil Assessment System
Public Meetings*
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

April 3, 2012
Sacramento COE – Mather Room
10474 Mather Boulevard
Mather, CA 95655
Phone: 916-228-2500

April 10, 2012
Fresno COE – Room 201
1111 Van Ness Ave.
Fresno, CA 93721
Phone: 559-265-3000

April 11, 2012
San Luis Obispo COE – Board Room
3350 Education Drive
San Luis Obispo, CA
Phone: 805-786-4200

April 24, 2012
San Diego COE – Annex C
6401 Linda Vista Road
San Diego, CA 92111
Phone: 858-292-3500

April 25, 2012
Orange COE
3001 Red Hill Ave.
Building 5, Suite 108
Costa Mesa, CA
Phone: 714-966-4000

May 15, 2012
Contra Costa COE – Board Room
77 Santa Barbara Road
Pleasant Hill, CA 94523
Phone: 925-942-3388

*Subject to change

For more information regarding the bill, refer to the California Department of Education’s AB 250 Web page at http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/sa/ab250.asp. If you have any questions regarding the public meetings, please contact Jessica Barr, Education Programs Consultant, Assessment Development and Administration Division, by phone at 916-319-0364 or by e-mail at jbarr@cde.ca.gov.

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

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CSTA Annual Conference Early Bird Rates End July 14

Posted: Wednesday, July 12th, 2017

by Jessica Sawko

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Teachers engaging in hands-on learning during a workshop at the 2016 CSTA conference.

Don’t miss your chance to register at the early bird rate for the 2017 CSTA Conference – the early-bird rate closes July 14. Need ideas on how to secure funding for your participation? Visit our website for suggestions, a budget planning tool, and downloadable justification letter to share with your admin. Want to take advantage of the early rate – but know your district will pay eventually? Register online today and CSTA will reimburse you when we receive payment from your district/employer. (For more information on how that works contact Zi Stair in the office for details – 916-979-7004 or zi@cascience.org.)

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

Goodbye Outgoing and Welcome Incoming CSTA Board Members

Posted: Wednesday, July 12th, 2017

Jill Grace

Jill Grace, CSTA President, 2017-2019

On July 1, 2017 five CSTA members concluded their service and four new board members joined the ranks of the CSTA Board of Directors. CSTA is so grateful for all the volunteer board of directors who contribute hours upon hours of time and energy to advance the work of the association. At the June 3 board meeting, CSTA was able to say goodbye to the outgoing board members and welcome the incoming members.

This new year also brings with it a new president for CSTA. As of July 1, 2017 Jill Grace is the president of the California Science Teachers Association. Jill is a graduate of California State University, Long Beach, a former middle school science teacher, and is currently a Regional Director with the K-12 Alliance @ WestEd where she works with California NGSS K-8 Early Implementation Initiative districts and charter networks in the San Diego area.

Outgoing Board Members

  • Laura Henriques (President-Elect: 2011 – 2013, President: 2013 – 2015, Past President: 2015 – 2017)
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  • Mary Whaley (Informal Science Education Director: 2013 – 2017)
  • Sue Campbell (Middle School/Jr. High Director: 2015 – 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: Wednesday, July 12th, 2017

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State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Unveils Updated Recommended Literature List

Posted: Wednesday, July 12th, 2017

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Peter A’Hearn is the Region 4 Director for CSTA.