Visit our GUHSD Science website! Here you'll find resources for implementing the NGSS, upcoming professional learning opportunities, and slides from past workshops.
GUHSD is a #GoOpen ambassador district. There is OER Curriculum either approved or in development for four different science subject areas (Biology, Space and Earth, Chemistry, and Physics). At this website you can find the OER Curriculum for the board-approved courses Biology and Space and Earth.
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
2017: The California Science Curriculum Framework was made available
2018: Field test for new CA Science test (CAST) and 2nd pilot year of CA Alternate Assessment (CAAS) was given
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)
SDCOE and GUHSD Next Generation Science Standards Resources
NSTA - Available resources at the world's largest organization
committed to promoting excellence and innovation in science teaching and
The GUHSD NGSS plan:
and work with GUHSD science teachers and administrators to implement curriculum, instruction,
assessment and technology to educate students in the NGSS.