SPOTLIGHT ON The Next Generation Science Standards:
Happy New Year! We have many exciting NGSS-related topics to update you on!
The NGSS Network States and Partners have released the following resources to assist in the implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards:
Example Classroom Sample Assessment Tasks for middle and high school teachers: written by science and math teachers from across the nation, the tasks blend content, practices, and concepts from both the Next Generation Science Standards and the Common Core State Standards. The elementary tasks are currently being written.
High School Evidence Statements: These statements provide educators with details about what students should know and be able to do as described in the Performance Expectations. K-8 Evidence Statements are currently being written.
The California Department of Education appointed a committee in the summer of 2014 to begin writing a new CA Science Framework aligned to the NGSS. This Framework is scheduled to be released for public feedback this summer, with final adoption in January 2016. The committee is being co-led by middle school teacher Robert Sherriff and Helen Quinn, the Stanford particle physicist and keynote speaker for SFUSD Science teachers at our PD day in August 2014. View the Framework Update presented by committee members at the December 2014 NSTA/CSTA Conference. Stay informed of announcements about NGSS in CA by signing up for CA Classroom Science (a publication by CSTA) and the NGSS listserv (from the CDE).
As secondary science departments in SFUSD move from Awareness to Transition, our R&D group continues to meet to assess and analyze the current state of science in the district, engage in deep learning about the NGSS, and determine how to best implement the NGSS in grades 6-12. Our NGSS implementation work at the secondary level will help to inform the implementation for grades K-5 in the following years. If you would like a member of the C&I science team to come to your school site (K-12) to engage staff in learning about the three-dimensionality of the NGSS and how to begin to implement the Science and Engineering Practices, please contact your grade level science content specialists.
We encourage teachers, administrators, community members, parents, and all other stakeholders to follow along with our R&D work by visiting our website. On this site you will find: