Facts & Myths Regarding Next Generation Science Standards in California
Fact or Myth?
• California adopted the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) in April 2013.
• California educators have been involved in reviewing the standards and providing feedback to the author team, the Department of Education and the Superintendent of Public Instruction.
• If adopted, NGSS for California represents the curriculum for science instruction in California.
• If adopted, you will need to implement NGSS for the 2013-2014 school year.
• California will need to write a Science Curriculum Framework based on NGSS for California (assuming the standards are adopted).
• The grade 6-8 standards represent three courses in earth, life and physical sciences, sort of like what we have now.
• The grade 9-12 standards represent the courses that will be offered in high schools.