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You can view a copy of the CA Science Framework, which includes narrative course descriptions as well as chapters on assessment, access and equity, and supporting high-quality science instruction. It provides direction to educators to implement state standards.

The pre-publication version of Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) for California Public Schools, K through Grade 12 can be viewed by grade level Disciplinary Core Ideas or by grade level Topic.  

CA made 7 subtle changes, that can be viewed here.

Resources for Parents: The Importance of Science Standards 

NGSS Rollout #4 Save the Date: November 8-9, 2017 (Tulare County)

NGSS Statewide Rollout Phase 4 planning has begun! Come to one of the statewide professional learning symposia exploring the next steps in NGSS Implementation, being offered in multiple locations and times. Tulare County educators, save the date: November 8-9. For more information click here.

Questions About Credentialing?

If you are curious about the impact that the Next Generation Science Standards might have on credentialing, specifically as it pertains to the Integrated Science Model, then investigate the links below.

SAMPLE TASKS: Explore NGSS Formative Assessment Tasks 

Here you will find a set of tasks produced by the NGSA Collaborative.

Second Release of NGSS Example Bundles (link)

The Example Bundles (formerly known as the Model Content Frameworks for Science) will show samples of ways to bundle the NGSS within a school year. “Bundling” is an important strategy for implementing standards, as it brings coherence to instruction and greatly reduces the amount of instructional time necessary.

Secondary Science Scope & Sequence (link)

Want to see a sample scope and sequence for secondary science? Check out Oakland Unified.

MasteryConnect has a Common Core Standards iPad/iPhone app specific to NGSS.  View the Next Generation Science Standards in one convenient FREE app! A great reference for teachers, parents, and students to easily read and understand the standards. Quickly find standards by various topic arrangements or keyword search.

Possible Progressions for K-8
The CA Framework developed a sample progression for grades 6-8. In the same mold, TCOE has created a progression for K-5.
The 5E Learning Sequence
Students’ explanations precede explanations provided by the teacher. Students explore a phenomenon/concept and describe what’s going on in their own language first in order to create a need for new vocabulary.

       A - B - C (Activity Before Content/Concept)


NGSS and Teaching Channel

NGSS has launched four videos with Teaching Channel about the NGSS!


Engineering & the Teaching Channel

The Teaching Channel and Boeing have partnered to develop units that solve real world problems through the application of science, while using the engineering design process. 

NGSS Evidence Statements 

Evidence Statements are now available. The evidence statements are intended to better clarify what abilities and knowledge the students should be able to demonstrate at the end of instruction, without limiting or dictating instruction. 

FINAL ELD & NGSS, Math Standards Correspondences Available

In response to Assembly Bill (AB) 899, requiring that the ELD Standards be comparable in rigor and specificity to the standards for mathematics and science, State Superintendent Tom Torlakson contracted with WestEd to review the mathematics and science academic content standards and ensure that the language demands inherent in these content standards are adequately addressed by the CA ELD Standards.

WestEd conducted a study to determine the correspondences between the California ELD Standards and the standards for math and science, in an attempt to identify modifications (or augmentations) necessary to the California ELD Standards.

The FINAL version of the correspondences is now available, and can be downloaded here for viewing.  

UPDATE on Testing

The State Board of Education voted unanimously to approve the design plan – allowing the development process to proceed on schedule toward the target of operational assessments in 2018/2019. The full proposal can be accessed from the agenda posted on the State Board of Education website – look for Item 2. A summary of the plan is posted on the CSTA website at

The 5th grade assessment, Segments A & B will assess 5th grade performance expectations (PEs), Segment C will assess PEs from K-5. The 8th grade assessment will assess PEs from the 6 – 8 grade span in all three segments. The high school assessment will assess PEs from the high school grade span in all three segments.

The following is the timeline for the proposed NGSS summative assessments that are tentatively scheduled to be given in grades 5, 8 and 10, 11, or 12:

  • 2016-2017: NGSS Assessment Pilot Test
  • 2017-2018: NGSS Assessment Field Test
  • 2018-2019: NGSS Operational Assessment

Overview of a 2-Day Lesson
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EQuIP Rubric for Lessons & Units

The Educators Evaluating the Quality of Instructional Products (EQuIP) Rubric for science provides criteria by which to measure the alignment and overall quality of lessons and units with respect to the NGSS.

The purpose of the rubric and review process is to: (1) provide constructive criterion-based feedback to developers; (2) review existing instructional materials to determine what revisions are needed; and (3) identify exemplars/models for teachers’ use within and across states.