CSUN NGSS Guide for CA Teachers

New school standards provide an opportunity for everyone to rethink how they teach and this latest round is no exception. 
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The NGSS are a significant change in how science is taught - especially in California where the old standards were highly specific and fact based. The newly approved CA Science Standards for K12 will change how science is taught for years to come.


CA NGSS Adoption Timeline

Shortcut link to this site: bit.ly/csunngss

Official site for NGSS:
Nextgenscience.org
You can help! - How to edit this site
This site will help you understand what is in the standards and provide good ideas for how to help your students achieve them.

Recent Announcements

  • Science Frameworks Approved The CA Science Framework is "Draft" no more. Torlakson Announces Approval of Science Framework
    Posted Nov 9, 2016, 10:22 AM by Brian Foley
  • New Middle School Integrated Model Hot of the presses - The latest version of the CA science framework for Middle School Integrate Model (but still draft form for at least another week)Link to word doc ...
    Posted Nov 2, 2016, 3:10 PM by Brian Foley
  • NGSS 101 Matthew d'Alessio (CSUN Geology) is one of the primary writer of the CA Science Framework. He shares his slides for introducing NGSS:NGSS 101 Slides
    Posted Aug 1, 2016, 2:11 PM by Brian Foley
  • California Environmental Principles and Concepts In 2004 California adopted the Environmental Principles and Concepts (EP&Cs). These can be easily integrated with the CA Science Standards.Environmental Principles and Concepts ExplainedEnvironmental Principles and Concepts ...
    Posted Jul 28, 2016, 3:35 PM by Brian Foley
  • CA Science Frameworks Draft Released For Public Comment:The California Department of Education (CDE) is pleased to announce that the first draft of the 2016 Science Framework for California Public Schools, Kindergarten Through Grade Twelve ...
    Posted Aug 18, 2016, 2:44 PM by Brian Foley
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Science Frameworks Approved

posted Nov 9, 2016, 10:22 AM by Brian Foley

The CA Science Framework is "Draft" no more.
Torlakson Announces Approval of Science Framework

New Middle School Integrated Model

posted Nov 2, 2016, 3:10 PM by Brian Foley

Hot of the presses - The latest version of the CA science framework for Middle School Integrate Model (but still draft form for at least another week)

Link to word doc on cde.ca/gov


NGSS 101

posted Aug 1, 2016, 2:11 PM by Brian Foley

Matthew d'Alessio (CSUN Geology) is one of the primary writer of the CA Science Framework. He shares his slides for introducing NGSS:

NGSS 101 Slides

California Environmental Principles and Concepts

posted Jul 28, 2016, 3:35 PM by Brian Foley

In 2004 California adopted the Environmental Principles and Concepts (EP&Cs). These can be easily integrated with the CA Science Standards.

CA Science Frameworks Draft Released

posted Dec 1, 2015, 11:32 AM by Brian Foley   [ updated Aug 18, 2016, 2:44 PM ]

For Public Comment:

The California Department of Education (CDE) is pleased to announce that the first draft of the 2016 Science Framework for California Public Schools, Kindergarten Through Grade Twelve (Science Framework) is available for its first 60-day period of review and comment. The Science Framework will provide guidance for implementing the Next Generation Science Standards for California Public Schools, Kindergarten through Grade Twelve.

The Science Framework will help teachers, district and county administrators, other educators, and publishers design instructional materials, curriculum, instruction, assessments, and professional learning. The Science Framework focuses on the three-dimensional learning in the science classroom and includes strategies for extending that focus into all subject areas. It also provides direction to educators to implement the standards in the context of California’s diversity and helps them teach the critical thinking skills students will need for 21st century jobs.  

The public has until January 19, 2016, to review the Science Framework online. The draft framework is on the CDE Science Framework Public Review and Comment Web page, where the public may leave comments at scienceframework@cde.ca.gov. Interested parties may also visit one of the 23 Learning Resource Display Centers statewide to review hard copies of the draft framework.

Draft K-5 grades posted

posted Sep 2, 2015, 2:38 PM by Brian Foley   [ updated Dec 5, 2016, 6:52 PM by Rosalyn Montgomery ]

These still need to be cleaned up but we now have a complete outline of the standards.


To do list includes:
  1. Cleaning up the grade pages
  2. Linking PEs to appropriate DCIs
  3. Adding lesson ideas to PEs
  4. Linking other resources including CA Frameworks
  5. Pages on Assessments
  6. Better look and feel for the site

Elementary Grades Coming soon

posted Feb 18, 2015, 12:24 PM by Brian Foley

EED 625 class will be adding elementary grades to the site soon. Check back for updates.

Version 1 is here

posted Oct 8, 2013, 1:24 AM by Brian Foley

We spent a long time trying to figure out how to best organize the standards. We decided we needed both a grade level guide and a breakdown of the DCIs.  Then we want to have both versions of the standards be cross linked so you could travel back and forth.  That is the plan but we are not finished yet.

New Site!

posted Aug 26, 2013, 2:29 PM by Brian Foley

Introducing the CSUN guide to the CA Science Standards (NGSS)
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This site will break down the new CA state science standards and provide links to good lessons and activities that address them.

Created by the students in the CSUN Science Education MA Program

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