Thursday, July 04, 2013

NGSS Fact or Fiction with CSTA's new president

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.

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