California has adopted the Next Generation Science Standards!

On Wednesday, September 4, 2013, the State Board of Education (SBE) approved a new set of science standards, the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), which emphasize a deeper focus on understanding the cross-cutting concepts of scientific disciplines. Included in the adoption are the NGSS Appendices A through M to provide guidance for the local implementation of NGSS and guidance for the development of the California Science Framework. Information on NGSS is available on the California Department of Education's Web site at

"The adoption of the Next Generation Science Standards in California mark a crucial step in making sure our students are prepared to succeed after they leave our classrooms," State Superintendent Tom Torlakson said. Scientific information and technology have changed remarkably since the last time California updated its science standards, and how and what we teach have to change with them.

NGSS, the science equivalent to the Common Core standards or English and math, emphasizes a deeper understanding of concepts within scientific disciplines, integrating engineering and science practices to help students understand the workings of science and the natural world. They also provide a progression of learning from kindergarten through grade 12 so that students learn step by step the knowledge and skills they need for college and careers.

The NGSS and supporting Appendices can be found on the Achieve, Inc., website at: Next Generation Science Standards

 NGSS Example Bundles can be seen here by clicking on this NGSS web page.