Next Generation Science Standards
2015/16 California State Budget Allocates Over $3 Billion to Be Used to Support NGSS Implementation
Just over $3 billion will be distributed to school districts for the purpose of reimbursement of state-mandated local program costs. This payment is a pay down of the debt that the state owes to LEAs. These funds are discretionary in the 2015/16 budget - meaning “the governing board of a school district or community college district may expend the one-time funds received [...] for any purpose, as determined by the governing board.” The budget goes on to state “It is the intent of the Legislature that school districts shall prioritize the use of these one-time funds for professional development, induction for beginning teachers [...], technology infrastructure, and any other investments necessary to support implementation of the common core standards in English language arts and mathematics, the [...] English language development standards, and the [...] Next Generation Science Standards.” Click to learn more
Credentials and NGSS
CDE is working on developing a document to help explain credentialing requirements for NGSS, including the integrated middle school standards. MOST teachers currently teaching middle school will have no issues with credentialing if California adopts an integrated science model. Below is a chart, which shows what teachers are eligible to teach, based on the type of credential they hold. To check what type of credential you have, you can look on the CTC website and log in with your personal information (SSN, name, DOB).
Next Generation Science Standards Resources include:
Above powerpoint was presented to the California Board of Education about the proposed NGSS State Implementation Plan on May 7, 2014.
The purpose of this document is to assist the CDE, California local educational agencies (LEAs), and support providers in implementing the Next Generation Science Standards for California Public Schools, Kindergarten through Grade Twelve (CA NGSS). The plan identifies eight strategies and accompanying elements and activities for the implementation of the CA NGSS. By utilizing this plan, the CDE, LEAs, support providers, and all stakeholders will have the potential to transform science education in California to create a different way of thinking about teaching and learning science.
If you have any questions, you may call the CDE’s Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Office at 916-323-5847, or submit questions to the NGSS mailbox at firstname.lastname@example.org .
**Information above taken from CSTA website (click here)
PHASES OF IMPLEMENTATION
According to the California Department of Education, "full implementation in California of NGSS statewide systems will occur over several years and in the context of a continuous learning process. Accordingly, the plan exists within a framework of phases of the change process. The phases are straightforward yet are lightly defined because for each program and project there exists an ongoing development and progression that must evolve both at the individual elemental level and the integrated systems level. "