CSUN NGSS Guide for CA Teachers

Image result for csun logoThe NGSS are a significant change in how science is taught - not just the content but the way science is taught and assessed. This site provides an evolving resource for science teachers. We have taken the text of the standards and combined this with various resources available on the web for quick reference.  Use the sidebar to navigate to the topic you need.

Shortcut link to this site: bit.ly/csunngss

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Recent Announcements

  • SEP and CCC Posters Here is a set of printable wall posters for your classroom illustrating the SEPs and CCCsWe credit Matthw d'Alessio for the SEP images and Peter A'hern for ...
    Posted Mar 20, 2018, 1:05 PM by Brian Foley
  • Frameworks Linked on Site The site now includes the CA Science Framework Models for High School. Middle and Elementary School is coming soon.  We will also be elaborating on the snapshots and vignettes from ...
    Posted Oct 13, 2017, 11:12 AM by Brian Foley
  • 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
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SEP and CCC Posters

posted Mar 20, 2018, 1:04 PM by Brian Foley   [ updated Mar 20, 2018, 1:05 PM ]

Here is a set of printable wall posters for your classroom illustrating the SEPs and CCCs

We credit Matthw d'Alessio for the SEP images and Peter A'hern for the CCC images.

SEP and CCC Posters

Frameworks Linked on Site

posted Oct 13, 2017, 11:12 AM by Brian Foley

The site now includes the CA Science Framework Models for High School. Middle and Elementary School is coming soon.  We will also be elaborating on the snapshots and vignettes from the Framework

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.

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