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Board of Education Approves Science Standards

The California State Board of Education this month adopted the Next Generation Science Standards. The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) are designed to bring science instruction up to date.

NGSS emphasizes a deeper focus on understanding the cross-cutting concepts within and across scientific disciplines. These new standards integrate engineering practices with science practices to help students understand the workings of science and the natural world. They also provide a coherent progression of learning from Kindergarten through grade 12, so students learn step by step the knowledge and skills they need for college and careers.

California was among the lead states that developed the standards, in a voluntary process that included California science teachers, scientists, college professors, business and industry leaders, and educational experts. Next, the Superintendent of Public Instruction will appoint a Strategic Leadership Team to develop a plan to implement the NGSS. This includes a timeline for implementation, adopting a science framework, developing student assessments, and strategies for school districts.

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