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

On September 4, 2013, the State Board of Education (SBE) adopted the Next Generation Science Standards for California Public Schools, Kindergarten through Grade Twelve (CA NGSS) as required by Education Code 60605.85. The NGSS Appendices A-M were also adopted to assist teachers in the implementation of the new science standards and to aid in the development of the new science curriculum framework.

On November 6, 2013, the SBE approved the Science Expert Panel’s (SEP) recommended Integrated Learning Progression model as the preferred model for middle grades six through eight. The SBE also authorized the SEP to develop an alternate discipline specific model based on Achieve’s domains model in Appendix K. Both of these models for the middle grades can also be found in the CA NGSS online version of the standards.

The final version of the CA NGSS Systems Implementation Plan (PDF), approved by the SBE on November 13, 2014, is available.

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.

CA NGSS Statewide Symposia (Roll Outs)

The California Department of Education, the California County Superintendents Educational Services Association, the California Science Teachers Association, the California Science Project, K-12 Alliance at WestEd, and the County Offices of Education are pleased to announce Phase IV of the CA NGSS Statewide Rollout Symposia, Using the CA Science Framework to Implement the CA NGSS. Scheduled throughout the state in 2017, these two-day events are the perfect way to get up-to-date on the latest CA NGSS information. Geared for teachers and administrators, these workshops will feature the newly SBE-approved California Science Framework. More information and how to register for these events External link opens in new window or tab. is available.

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Next Generation Science Standards Resources

Next Generation Science Standards External link opens in new window or tab.
This is the official Web site for information on the national Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Forty-one members of a core writing team worked with 26 Lead State Partners in the development of the new science standards. The draft standards were available for public comment in May 2012 and January 2013.

Frequently Asked Questions
Answers to frequently asked questions about the NGSS.

National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) External link opens in new window or tab.
The National Science Teachers Association offers numerous resources to assist educators in the understanding of the Conceptual Framework and NGSS.

Conceptual Framework for the Next Generation K-12 Science Standards External link opens in new window or tab.
Released July 19, 2011, this national framework provides a research-grounded basis for improving science teaching and learning across the country. It is intended to guide standards developers, curriculum designers, assessment developers, state and district science administrators, professionals responsible for science teacher education, and science educators working in informal settings.

NSTA, Next Generation Science Standards Web Seminar Series External link opens in new window or tab.
NSTA offers free web seminars to help science educators increase their understanding of the standards and implement NGSS in the classroom. There is information about additional NSTA resources External link opens in new window or tab. available.

Next Generation Science Standards (PPT)
Accessible Alternative Version of the NGSS Presentation
At the Wednesday, May 8, 2013 SBE meeting, Stephen Pruitt, Senior Vice President from Achieve, Inc., shared an overview of the development of the NGSS. The NGSS update was Item 10 on the agenda. Item 10 begins at the 2:24:40 mark.

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, August 15, 2017
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