After a strong turnout of support at its July meeting, the State Board of Education is expected to vote on adoption of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) at its next meeting September 4-5 in Sacramento. In the meantime, the California Department of Education (CDE) has developed additional information to help educators and the public understand the standards proposed for California, particularly the recommendations for middle school learning progressions.
A discussion of the rationale for integrated middle school design and detailed description of the proposed standards for each grade 6-8 are now available here. In addition, the California Science Teachers Association (CSTA) is co-hosting information sessions on the middle school learning progressions with the Orange County Department of Education on August 22 and Sacramento County Office of Education on August 28. Visit the CSTA event calendar here for details and to register.
While six other states (KS, KY, MD, RI, VT, WA) have now adopted the NGSS, if the SBE votes to adopt the standards in September, California will be the largest early adopter state. This will be important to support a more efficient and integrated state implementation process for NGSS, as well as give California a stronger role in shaping development of NGSS curricula and instructional resources nationally. CSLNet calls on all our partners to contact the SBE to let Board members know that you support the proposed standards and urge the Board to vote for adoption at its September meeting. Send your comments to the SBE at email@example.com no later than 12:00pm on August 30, 2013.