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The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) have the ability to transform teaching and learning in the classroom. They will dramatically change how students experience science by shifting the focus from the memorization of facts to greater student engagement in the processes of science. The NGSS emphasizes learning in three dimensions: the Science and Engineering Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Disciplinary Core Ideas. In addition, there are seven Conceptual Shifts, or Innovations, that have strong implications for teaching and learning. These shifts include the interconnected nature of science as practiced in the real world, the integration of science and engineering, the use of performance expectations, a focus on deeper understanding of content as well as application of content, and alignment to the Common Core State Standards.  The Curriculum Office has identified the following resources to assist interested parties with finding information about the new standards.
 
 
 
2017: January, CDE releases practice test items for the spring pilot test

2017: Spring NGSS pilot test given at all sites

2017: Publication version of the Science Curriculum Framework available electronically, July Current version at CA Science Curriculum Framework

2017: NGSS CA Rollout #4 Nov 7-8 for San Diego 

2018: Field test for new CA Science test (CAST) and 2nd pilot year of CA Alternate Assessment (CAAS)

2019: Administration of Operational New California Science Test (CAST) and Field Test Year California Alternate Assessment – Science (CAAS)

2020: Administration of Operational California Alternate Assessment – Science (CAAS)
 
 
 
NSTA - Available resources at the world's largest organization committed to promoting excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning.  
 
The GUHSD NGSS plan:
Train and work with GUHSD science teachers and administrators to become aware of the new standards and begin to implement curriculum, instruction, assessment and technology to educate students in the NGSS. 
 
 
NGSS Framework Mobile Apps for Educators
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