Guiding Documents

To access the pre-publication version of the CA Science Framework, click here. The final, online-only version will be published sometime in July 2017. Full implementation of the NGSS is set for the 2018–2019 school year, with the instructional materials adoption process beginning in November 2018.

Click here for the complete timeline for CA NGSS implementation, NGSS assessments, and CSTA Conferences.  

NGSS Rollout #4: Framework Rollout

August 22–23: San Bernardino/Riverside COE
September 12–13: Alameda COE
November 7–8: San Diego COE
November. 8–9: Fresno COE
November 14–15: Chico
November 29–30: Ventura COE
December 4–5: Santa Clara COE


CONTACT: Peter Tira
PHONE: 916-319-0818
December 13, 2016

State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson, State Board of Education President Michael Kirst Respond to Federal Denial of California’s Science Testing Waiver Request

SACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson and State Board of Education President Michael Kirst today released a joint statement in response to the U.S. Department of Education’s denial of a waiver allowing California to suspend an outdated science assessment and instead give a modernized science test:
“We are deeply disappointed by the U.S. Department of Education’s denial of our waiver request. We reject their insistence that we double-test. We believe the denial of this request harms our students, who will be forced to study science based on state standards adopted in 1998 that are outmoded and not designed for the 21st century.
“California plans to move full-speed ahead implementing our new, computer-adaptive science assessment pilot in 2017 based on our new Next Generation Science Standards.
“The standards, our new online test, and our new science curriculum framework, which guides teachers, are all part of an exciting renaissance in science education in California designed to equip our students with the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in the 21st century economy and college.
“Upgrading our science education is especially important in a state that is a global leader in high technology, with companies eager to hire educated and qualified workers.
“Virtually all the major education groups in California, including the California Science Teachers Association and the PTA, support our waiver request.
“California educators know better than people in Washington, D.C., how best to serve our students. We have no time to waste when it comes to improving science education. California moves forward, not backward.”
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The State Board of Education is the governing and policy-making body for public K-12 education in California. The President of the Board is Michael W. Kirst and the Executive Director is Karen Stapf Walters. Board members are appointed for four-year terms by the Governor of California and are confirmed by the State Senate.

The California Department of Education is a state agency led by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson. For more information, please visit the California Department of Education’s Web site or by mobile device. You may also follow Superintendent Torlakson on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube. 

NGSS Systems Implementation Plan for California


California Science Credentials Authorization


Developing Assessments for the Next Generation Science Standards